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#Emilymatters European & Local Elections pilot project, 2014.
Tweets & photos came in from across the UK expressing how important it is to vote.

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#Emilymatters European & Local Elections, 2014 Storify

From the House of Commons to the Scottish Independence Referendum and the 2015 General Election, #Emilymatters was there. We’re now looking to the EU Referendum as well as watching with interest the build up to the US Presidential elections.

 


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

People make Glasgow and this great city continues to influence both my creative work, as an actor and writer, as well as the #Emilymatters campaign. It’s not far off 20 years since I first fell for Glasgow as a drama student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD in my day). 

I highly recommend you make time for the Glasgow Women’s Library. This wonderful archive, library and community hub was recently awarded Recognised Collection of National Significance status, so make sure you make it along to Bridgeton. Sue John, Adele Patrick and the GWL team have been very supportive of our #Votingmatters work and so I headed there with our Ballot Box to collect more images, which will form part of our upcoming #EURef campaign.



 
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 3,600 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.

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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.

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

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Kate’s talks about voting matters took place at a range of venues including Emily Davison’s former university, Royal Holloway (for @RHUL_Fem_Soc) 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.

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

 

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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.

 

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The material also included a new Emily speech drawn from her writings, which was 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 imminent UK wide release of the new ‘Suffragette’ film, it’s great to see voting and women’s rights back in the news. 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. We are working on a series of exciting new developments over the coming months and years, so if voting and equality matters to you, please do get in touch.

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Thanks to everyone who bought our #Emilymatters Christmas cards or downloaded our ecard version. As 2015 draws to a close we’re reflecting on equality and voting matters with our final Twitter Chat of the year.

If equality and voting matter to you, please get in touch as we’re planning new collaborative creatives projects for 2016 and beyond!

Kate Willoughby

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 It’s time to Step Up | Vote | Lead

 

 

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