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Manchester High School for Girls


The history of Manchester High School for Girls is indelibly linked to that of suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst. MHSG was the school of choice for her three daughters, Sylvia, Christabel and Adela in the late 19th century. 

Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst has now been chosen, in a vote of over 5,000 people, to be the subject of the first new statue of a woman in Manchester for over a century. 

The WoManchester Statue Campaign

Launched in 2014, the WoManchester Statue campaign will rectify the current situation in the city. Of 17 public statues, 16 are men. The other? Queen Victoria in Piccadilly Gardens. 

Fundraising Dinner, Thursday 9th March 2017

A fundraising dinner to pay for the statue is being held in The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on Thursday 9th March 2017. The hotel banqueting suite is part of what was the Free Trade Hall, the very building in 1905 where Christabel and her friend, Annie Kenney, first stood up and disrupted the election meetings of the incoming Liberal government to proclaim, "Votes for women!".

The banqueting suite at The Radisson Blu Edwardian



Helen Pankhurst, Emmeline's great-granddaughter will be Guest of Honour at the dinner. Manchester High School for Girls has taken a table at this event so that a number of our current pupils can attend and celebrate our links with the suffragette movement. 

Alice McMahon in Year 13 commented: "All the girls at School are proud to follow in the footsteps of the Pankhurst family who were so instrumental in the women's suffrage campaign. They mean a lot to us as a school and a lot to Manchester as a city."


Councillor Andrew Simcock

On Wednesday 14th December, Councillor Andrew Simcock, who has spearheaded the WoManchester campaign visited School to lead an assembly for girls in Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form. As well as an energetic 'stand up, sit down' style quiz, Councillor Simcock also launched a competition for girls to win a place at the MHSG table at the fundraising dinner. 

If a pupil would like to be considered for a place at the event, all she needs to do is write a paragraph outlining 'What the Pankhurst legacy means to me' on the form below. 

Forms must be returned to the Development Office no later than Tuesday 31st January 2017.