Born in the Moss Side, Emmeline Pankhurst was a political activist and suffragette who was instrumental in helping women win the right to vote. Her statue in Manchester was erected in 2018 and marked the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which some women first won the right to vote in Britain. You can find out more about Emmeline and the Pankhurst family at The Pankhurst Centre here on the Oxford Road Corridor.
That day, thousands marched down Oxford Road chanting “deeds not words” as they made their way to St Peter’s Square for the unveiling of Hazel Reeves’ statue ‘Rise up, women’ – affectionately known as ‘Our Emmeline’.
The sculpture recently won the Public Statues and Sculpture Association Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.