#Emilymatters Outreach – Speeches & Talks



Emily matters 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.

Through drama and creativity we help empower young people to use their voice and be heard.

O U T R E A C H  –  S P E E C H E S   &   T A L K S



The Sikh Network – Women in Parliament Event – Birmingham

WOW!!! I’m mesmerised by Kate Willoughby – Such a powerful & moving speech as Emily Davison. Absolutely incredible!
– Manjit Kang, The Sikh Network Women & Politics event Co-organiser

Kate, what an inspiring speaker you are! Was a pleasure meeting you and thanks for speaking at #womeninpolitics15 today.
– Preet kaur Gill MP for Birmingham Edgbaston; Sandwell Councillor 

Literally feel so inspired for my studies after hearing speeches today from @Emilymatters & Jess Phillips MP.
– Olivia Underhill, who wrote a blog in response to the speech, entitled #emilymatters



Girlguiding LaSER’s Use Your Voice 2016 (#UYV2016) Event – London

Very grateful for your spell-biding performance – I think you could have heard a pin drop!
– Claire Whitmore, Programme Lead for Use Your Voice 2016 

Kate, you were amazing at the event! Really good conceptualization of what women have been through!
– Fran Jones, #UYV2016 attendee 
Thought provoking speech from @Emilymatters reflecting on #suffragette role in giving women a voice! #UYV2016
– Nicola Grinstead, World Board Chair, World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts
Great speech to put #UYV2016 #Useyourvoice #girlguiding into context!
– Sophie Alcock, #UYV2016 attendee 
Amazing performance from @Emilymatters A reminder of why we have to keep aiming for equality #UYV2016
– Katrina Lambert, @Girlguiding British Youth Council Delegate and Senior Section Member


Woman Up! Conference – London

When I decided I wanted there to be an evening performance at Woman Up, I knew it had to be by the #Emilymatters team. I was completely moved after watching To Freedom’s Cause at a previous event in Parliament. I wanted the Woman Up audience to experience #Emilymatters for themselves.

The performance was a beautiful mix of the old and the new: reminding us of the struggles of the brave women of our past, and encouraging us to do something in the present. I could not be more inspired or happy that we had the honour of seeing the #Emilymatters performance at Woman Up. Just like the first time I saw them perform, I can’t wait to see them again.
– Yas Necati, campaigner & Woman Up! co-organiser
Kate Willoughby talked very insightfully about Emily Davison and the importance of women and voting #Emilymatters.
– Alice Dermody Palmer, Model Westminster Ambassador



 Women’s Equality Party Branch Inaugural Meeting – York

 Privileged to hear Kate Willoughby’s #Emilymatters speech tonight. Very moving and a call to further action.
– Carmel Maria Offord, WEP York

Chilling and completely inspiring.
– Penelope Jacques, WEP York



Mummy’s Gin Fund #GE2015 Hustings – Hither Green

 Impassioned plea from @Emilymatters that we all us our votes.
Clare Griffiths

Kate from @Emilymatters making some excellent points. #MGFVote
Sally Reeve Edwards

The more women who vote, the louder your voices will be and parties will HAVE to listen @Emilymatters. #MGFVote
Mother’s Gin Fund Twitter account



 Royal Holloway Feminist Society – Egham, Surrey

It was enormously inspiring to see such passionate belief in the fact that the vote of today’s women is crucial.
– Natasha Barrett, RHUL Fem Soc 



WEA North East Region Spring Conference – Newcastle

It was lovely to meet you last week and thank you so much for your keynote speech and performance at our WEA Conference on Friday. We’ve had lots of positive feedback about your contribution  -‘ inspiring’ and ‘galvanising’ were two of the many nice comments made on the day.
– Anne Staines, Regional Educational Manager

That’s a great graphic, Kate. You’re the Social Media Suffragette par excellence!
Ann Walker, Adult education specialist & campaigner

Great talk from @katewilloughby8 love your campaign … Let’s get more female voices heard, then do more than complain & be the ones making the decisions.
Anne Preston, Researcher


Pan Asian Women’s Association – Women & Politics Event – House of Commons

Kate was a guest speaker with me on a panel at an International Women’s day 2015 event at the House of Commons. She is a great speaker, with relevant insights to share, and her talk was spontaneous and she captivated the audience instantly, with her anecdotes.  From feedback the group felt connected and uplifted while listening to Kate.  Wish her all the best with #Emilymatters and campaigning for more women to vote.
– Tamina Mir, Social entrepreneur & event co-organiser


Inaugural International Women’s Day event – Bolton Sixth Form College

Kate joined Bolton Sixth From College for our inaugural International Women’s Day event and she was inspirational. Our students thoroughly enjoyed her talk and are now so much more informed on why #votingmatters and the importance of promoting political rights for young people. Learning about #Emilymatters has inspired our young men as well as young women, and we hope to invite Kate back to college in the very near future. She is amazing.
– Sharon Marshall (Senior Tutor & Literacy Coordinator) Bolton Sixth Form College


 Care Leavers Voting Matters Event – Redbridge

Thank you so much for coming to meet with our young people to talk about voting and #Emilymatters. We will definitely follow up on your session. I think it’s important that we do & show these young people their voice matters.
– Ann-Marie, Redbridge Leaving Care Team Volunteer



Emily Davison & Suffragettes in the North Talk – Masham, North Yorkshire

Kate, through her dramatic presentation of Emily Davison’s life exhibited the passion and commitment of the Suffragette movement: much has been achieved, but womens’ rights worldwide continue to an issue which still needs addressing.
– Jenifer Bullen, Masham Local History Group



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Our future plans are taking shape and so we’d love you to get involved and be part of our #Emilymatters Crew. Be inspired by remarkable women like Emily Davison, Sophia Duleep Singh and Sylvia Pankhurst but most of all take action.

To find out more about what we have planned next, you can sign up for our updates.

Listening and valuing others’ contributions is very much a part of what we do. We think the quiet voices often have the most interesting things to say.

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


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