Emmeline Pankhurst – Leader for Women’s Suffrage


Pankhurst statue in St Peter’s Square

Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader in the Suffragette movement in the United Kingdom, whose efforts led to the introduction of votes for women in 1918.

This statue, by artist Hazel Reeves, was unveiled in 2018, the centenary of the first election when women over 30 were allowed to vote. 

Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Moss Side in Manchester in 1858, and was introduced to the women’s suffrage movement at the age of 14.  In 1903, she founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, a radical and uncompromising political movement, and Pankhurst and her daughters were frequently imprisoned, where they staged hunger strikes and were force fed.