Use Your Voice!
#Emilymatters is a social media campaign to support and advance gender equality, particularly focusing on the importance of voting. See our #Emilymatters page to find out more about what we do.
We’re very much looking forward to being a part of Girl Guiding LaSER’s Use Your Voice! event in London this weekend. Kate will be performing her suffragette Emily Davison speech from To Freedom’s Cause, the play that was the catalyst for the #Emilymatters campaign and remains at the heart of it.
— #Emilymatters (@Emilymatters) September 9, 2016
The speech is set in early 1913 when Emily Davison was campaigning hard for equality and the right to vote. Emily was a skilled speaker and in the speech, drawn from her own writings, she reaches out to future generations, encouraging us all to keep pushing for equality. The UK may have come a long way since Emily and her sister suffragettes began the first wave of feminism, but their work is not over yet.
Girlguiding continues that important legacy enabling girls and young women to realise their ambitions, to know that their voices matter in a welcoming environment:
“Through fun, friendship, challenge and adventure we empower girls to find their voice, inspiring them to discover the best in themselves and to make a positive difference in their community.”
– Extract from Girlguiding’s mission statement.
The #Emilymatters campaign seeks to promote Emily Davison’s powerful legacy through creative projects, using social media and community events. Our work encourages young people to step up, vote and lead. It is therefore a great privilege to be part of this year’s Use Your Voice event in London.
Next month we’ll be celebrating Emily Davison’s birthday and we’d love you to join us! We’ll be sharing more details shortly.
If you’d like to be the first to hear what we’ve got planned, just click on the birthday cake to sign up for updates!
We were thrilled with the response to our birthday tea for Emily last year, which included a world’s first when we played the suffragette boardgame Pank-a-Squith on Periscope. And we’re planning to make our celebrations even more creative this time!
If you believe equality and voting matter, follow us on social media and sign up for updates about our exciting new projects!
More about @Emilymatters:
- A social media campaign
- Includes my Emily Davison play ‘To Freedom’s Cause‘
- Supports & advances gender equality
- Particular focus on #Votingmatters for young people & women
- Go to: bit.ly/Emilymatters
We’ve lots of exciting projects in development, so please do get in touch!