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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.

#Emilymatters UK General Election, 2015 Storify
#Emilymatters European & Local Elections, 2014 Storify

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

Given that 16 and 17 year olds were denied a vote on June 23rd, we are keen to see future elections to include them. In addition, we are also watching with interest the build up to the US Presidential elections.

There has been some chatter online about young people not caring enough to cast their vote. However, from our direct experience backed up by a recent report, this was not so. It appears that the turn out of 18 to 24 year olds at the EU Referendum was around 64%.

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

There’s so much about the late Jo Cox MP that has inspired so many to be the best they can be and to reach out to others. As a Yorkshire woman, Jo’s story really resonated, which is why it matters to me that the #Emilymatters campaign made this pledge. 

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 formed an important part of our #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.


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.


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.




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.



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.



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 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 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.



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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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