Suffragettes

The suffragettes featured in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, forming the 1913 Derby line up where, on 4 June 1913, Emily Davison walked in front of the King’s Horse at the Epsom Derby. Following the ceremonies, the Olympic Suffragettes have continued to campaign nationally and internationally for women’s’ rights, and to help celebrate the achievements of their fore-bearers 100 years ago.

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Standing on the hill during the Opening Ceremony are Olympic Suffragette members Dr Helen Pankhurst and Laura Pankhurst, great granddaughter and great great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement that helped women win the right to vote. In 1999 Time named Emmeline Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.

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On 24 October 2012, the Olympic Suffragettes plus around 400 women and men from across the country, descended on Westminster to lobby Parliament as part of an equal rights rally organised by UK Feminista.

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For International Women’s Day (8th March 2013) they led a 6km walk in London to support leading overseas development charity CARE International UK’s ‘Walk In Her Shoes’ campaign, in solidarity with women and girls in developing countries who have to walk miles daily for water.

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To commemorate the centenary of Emily Davison’s memorial service at St George’s Church in Bloomsbury, London, a week long multi-arts festival took place in and around that same church, culminating in a festival procession from Russell Square to St George’s Church led by the Olympic Suffragettes with Dr Helen Pankhurst and Philippa Bilton (descendant of Emily Davison).

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