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#Emilymatters is a social media campaign to support and advance gender equality, particularly focusing on the importance of voting.

From the House of Commons to the Scottish Independence Referendum the 2015 General Election and the EU Referendum, #Emilymatters was there.

Much of the campaign and future project is about bringing people together, to celebrate how far we have come and through drama and creativity helping to empower a new generation to use their voice and be heard.




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We’re looking forward to a wonderful 2018, full of exciting #Vote100 events! Do join us on 6th February, when we will be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of People Act , which gave the first group of women the right to vote and all men. We will be celebrating through out the day on social media and in the UK Parliament.


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We had a very busy UK Parliament Week! This year we worked with Girlguiding Anglia, WOW Festival Bradford and Model Westminster Society (Durham).

Read more about our participation in the most successful UK Parliament Week to date in our #Emilymatters Outreach – #UKPW17 page.


UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with Parliament,
explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved. 



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Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday 8th October when we celebrated suffragette Emily Davison’s birthday at the former WSPU headquarters.

We are looking ahead to next year’s important #Vote100 suffrage anniversary (marking 100 years since the Representation of the People Act). It is fantastic that a series of statues will be unveiled as part of the celebrations.

But why stop there?

We’re busy planning new creative projects for 2018 and beyond, we’d love you keep you posted about what #Emilymatters does next!

It’s fantastic that a series of statues will be unveiled in 2018 as part of the Vote 100 celebrations. But why stop there?

Let’s create a powerful living legacy that has a positive ripple effect from one generation to the next.

We would love you to get involved!


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Thanks to everyone who got involved with our LOVE YOUR VOTE general election campaign to encourage women and young people, in particular, to register and then vote on 8th June 2017.

🗳 Your vote is powerful and fragile.


🗳️ Your voice matters. And not just at election time.

Voting is your hard won right, your birthright. It’s a precious gift that in some parts of the world today people still risk their lives to use.

Don’t let anyone silence you. But most of all, please don’t silence yourself. We are all equal at the ballot box, we all have one vote – if we register.

There is talk of another general election in the next few months, so if you haven’t already registered or if you are moving this summer, please do make sure you have registered.  ℹ️ www.gov.uk/register-to-vote


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Toni Morrison’s bold and brave quotation, I believe sums up what we should all strive for in this new era of post truth and fear mongering, just as those who campaigned for the right to vote when they faced unrelenting opposition.



To all friends, known and unknown of the #Emilymatters campaign, never forget that no matter the disappointments or the setbacks, our direction is forwards – with love.

Emily Davison and her sister suffragettes are willing us on. It is our choice whether or not to further their noble cause.

I would like to reach out, to begin looking at ways of mutually encouraging and supporting other creative endeavours beyond borders and walls. Early days, but given that Toni Morrison’s inspirational call to action is clearly resonating, please do get in touch.

If the suffragettes were able to actively support their sisters’ endeavours across the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond, then why can’t we?

Kate Willoughby
Actor, Writer & Creative Director of #Emilymatters


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Since the launch in 2009 of ‘To Freedom’s Cause’, a highly-acclaimed play written by Kate Willoughby, highlighting the important legacy of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, a woman who gave her life in the pursuit of equal voting rights for women, the Emily matters campaign has gone from strength to strength, attracting more than 4,000 followers on Twitter, using the hashtag #Emilymatters.


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With high profile supporters including Dr Helen Pankhurst (great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst), BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’ presenter Jane Garvey, noted feminist campaigners Yas Necati and Emily Thornberry MP, the movement has seen action in the Houses of Parliament, addressing the need to tackle the issue of gender equality at a national and international level.


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Emily matters champions and supports gender equality, focusing on how precious our democratic rights are and aims to ensure that legacies such as Emily Wilding Davison’s are not forgotten.


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#Emilymatters event included a performance included a performance of ‘To Freedom’s Cause’ & a debate chaired by Jane Garvey with Chi Onwurah MP, Dr Helen Pankhurst, Yas Necati & Emma Barnett.


Emily matters seeks to give a voice to those who are still fighting for freedom’s cause; to vote, to speak freely, to be equal.

2FC_EM_Listening_KW_QUOTE_2015.Outreach work is central to the campaign.

Team #Emilymatters ran a highly successful #Votingmatters campaign in the lead up to the UK 2015 general election, which included Twitter chats, a voting matters Twibbon, speeches and events.


Since 2015 Kate has given talks on voting matters all over the UK, including Bolton 6th Form College, Glasgow’s SiMY ProjectRoyal Holloway (where Emily Davison was once a student) and the House of Commons (For @RockingAWomen).


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Listening and valuing what others have to say is very much a a part of what we do. It matters to us that you are heard and not just at election time.



We created a new #Emilymatters performance for the first Woman Up! London festival, which included scenes from To Freedom’s Cause as well as the #DearLauren voting matters campaign.



This performance marked a new development in the campaign, building on our social media engagement by bringing live interactive work direct to groups and organisations.

The material also included a new Emily Davison speech drawn from her writings, which premiered at the inaugural meeting of the York branch of the Women’s Equality Party in August 2015.


To be a suffragette takes courage, but the prize of equality is our pearl. We are feminists and our noble struggle is for generations yet unborn.
– Emily Davison, To Freedom’s Cause


With the worldwide popularity of the ‘Suffragette’ film, it’s great to see that voting and women’s rights very much on the agenda. Which is where they need to be if we are to affect further meaningful change.

There is still so much to be done, but it is also important to celebrate the progress made so far.



If equality and voting matter to you, please get in touch as we’re planning new collaborative creative projects!

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