#Emilymatters – National Voter Registration Day

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Forcible feeding was torture, pure and simple. It left many suffragettes permanently damaged.

Something worth remembering on National Voter Registration Day. ‪#‎NVRD‬

The 2014 production of  TO FREEDOM’S CAUSE  at the Houses of Parliament does not shy away from the brutality of forcible feeding.

Women, such as Emily Davison, Sylvia Pankhurst and Mary Leigh put their lives on the line so that future generations of women would have the right to vote and become equal members of society.

#‎Emilymatters‬

 

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Suffragette Mary Leigh faces an uncertain recovery at home, after being subjected to forced feeding in prison. Emily Davison (Kate Willoughby) & Mary Leigh (Kyra Williams).
Photo: Brian Astbury, 2014

 

USEFUL LINKS: 

Bite the Ballot are on a mission to empower young voters.

Whilst Let Me Vote_UK have all the information you need to get registered.

 

 “Emily Wilding Davison was a great campaigning feminist. Her struggle continues and she remains an icon for women even over a century after her death.”
Emily Thornberry MP, founder of the
Emily Davison Statue in Parliament Campaign

 

Special Parliamentary Performance & Debate Details: 

The debate:

The panel includes Dr Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, Yas Necati, feminist campaigner and winner of The Guardian Women awards 2013: Best hope for the future (UK) and Emma Barnett (writer and broadcaster).

 

The play:
Brian Astbury directs an exclusive presentation of To Freedom’s Cause – a new play about one of the nation’s most important suffragettes – as part of a special Parliamentary event to promote the Emily Wilding Davison statue campaign.

 

This is the powerful story of people who encountered Emily,
who changed her life and whose lives she changed

 

Sign up:
Emily Davison is one of our most important feminist icons. Her legacy continues through current campaigns such as No More Page 3 and the Everyday Sexism Project. Sign the petition in support of the campaign calling for a statue of Emily to be erected in Parliament:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51269

 

Get involved:
Due to the location restrictions, this is an invitation only event.

A small number of tickets will be made available via Twitter.

Emily Davison was a pioneer in using modern media to promote direct political action. She believed that women and men had the right to be equal citizens.

Join the conversation now by following @2FCPlay and using #Emilymatters

 

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 Emily Davison’s legacy is for life, not just for 2013. 

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