#Emilymatters – Birthday Celebrations 2016 – Thanks!

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Emily’s Birthday Celebrations – Thanks for joining us!


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#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.

On Sunday 9th October, we held a special Birthday tea in honour of suffragette Emily Davison’s, who is the Emily of #Emilymatters and the focus of To Freedom’s Cause.

Here’s a brief overview. You can see more in our Storify, which is listed towards the end.



Emily Davison was born in 1872 on 11th October, a date which she now shares with the UN’s International Day of the Girl and Ada Lovelace Day, so it’s definitely an important date in the feminist calendar!

We had a fantastic response to this year’s #Emilymatters Birthday tea, and would like to thank everyone who joined us.

The fantastic friends and supporters of #Emilymatters and To Freedom’s Cause, pictured in the above collage were: Naomi Paxton, Kate Martin, Stephanie Fayerman, Kirsty Murray, Peter Gothard, Mari Takayanagi, Roberta Gotti, Usaama Kaweesa, Elizabeth Weigler and Tyler.

Not forgetting Winifred the suffragette-themed ukulele! Thanks to Naomi, Winifred proved to be perfect accompaniment to our spirited rendition of a little known suffragette favourite entitled ‘Woman This & Woman That‘ by Laurence Housman. If you would like to hear this women’s suffrage musical treasure you can via our Periscope clip!

In addition to the tea, our celebrations included a the suffragette board game called Pank-a-Squith. which you can still watch because we live streamed it via Periscope.

  • There’s extra footage where we announced the winner, who was a worthy champion.
  • The party wouldn’t be complete without singing happy birthday to Emily, which we did with gusto!
  • Our celebrations continued up to and including the 11th October, when we held a Votes For Women Twitter Chat (#VFWChat).

We’ve come a long way since Emily Davison and her sister suffragettes fought for us, future generations, to have the right to vote, to be equal. The 1st Wivenhoe Guides sent us some fantastic birthday messages and cards for Emily, using the suffragette colours (purple, white and green – purple for dignity, white for purity and green for hope).

Have you tried our Votes For Women quiz yet? We’d like to congratulate Abi Daly and Vicky Kuhn who were the winners of our suffragette themed prizes!

There are 5 questions in all. Have a go and let us know how you do!

Like Emily Davison herself, we believe in social justice and equality worldwide, not just the right to vote. See our #Emilymatters page to find out more about what we do.


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Social media is a key part of the campaign. The suffragettes embraced the modern media of their age, so had they been around today, would have been all over the Twittersphere, etc.



In addition to our online events, we are also developing #Emilymatters outreach and creative projects that include interactive performances, talks, speeches and my Emily Davison play To Freedom’s Cause, which remains at the heart of the #Emilymatters campaign.




Thank you again to everyone who joined us this year. Watch this space for more exciting developments in 2017!


Kate Willoughby
Actor & Writer of Emily Wilding Davison play To Freedom’s Cause

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