#Emilymatters – Updates Archive


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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.


S E A S O N ‘S   G R E E T I N G S !


Celebrate the suffragette legacy with one of our #Emilymatters animated Christmas eCard!

Join us, as we look towards the wonderful 100 year anniversary of the Representation of People Act that gave the first group of women the right to vote and all men.


P A R L I A M E N T   W E E K

We had a very busy UK Parliament Week! This year we worked with Girlguiding AngliaWOW 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. 



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

The event was live streamed on Periscope and Facebook Live and included: #teawithemily where Emily Davison spoke directly to future generations, in a short extract from To Freedom’s Cause.

We also looked ahead to next year’s important #Vote100 suffrage anniversary, which will mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act that gave some women the right to vote. Equal suffrage was finally achieved a decade later.

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


L I V I N G   L E G A C Y

We would love to hear from you. Let’s create a living legacy that does Emily and her sister suffragettes proud!




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.

Don’t let your precious democratic birthright go to waste. Our #ge2017 toolkit has helpful information – including how to register to vote, the basics about the political parties as well as vital information for voters with a disability.

? Your voice and your vote matter. 





The deadline for voter registration is Monday 22 May (23:59). Do suffragette Emily Davison proud and register to vote today!

ℹ️ www.gov.uk/register-to-vote


Get involved and help us honour the legacy of Emily Davison and her sister suffragettes. You can sign up for our #loveyourvote campaign newsletter via: bit.ly/loveyourvote-signup

8th June, General Election & an Emily Davison anniversary

The next UK general election will take place on the 8th June, which means it’s vital we encourage more women and young people to use their hard won democratic right.

Too many people today feel that their voice doesn’t matter, we’re working to build a community of confident, empowered people who know their opinion counts.

The date of this year’s general election has a poignant connection to Emily Davison, because it was on this date, in 1913, that Emily died just four days after her brave Votes For Women protest at the Epsom Derby.


Over 15 million people didn’t bother to vote at the last general election. Next year it will be the 100th anniversary of the first major milestone in women getting the right to vote in the UK when some women were got the right to vote (We had to wait until 1928 for all women to have the same voting rights as men).

Help us encourage more women & young people to use their voice and be heard at the ballot box.

?️ 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! ℹ️ www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

We Choose Hope. 

Today we thinking of all who are frightened for their futures, of those who are worrying about the direction of their nation, particularly our friends in the USA given yesterday’s devastating news about Affordable Care Act.

Anger, fear and greed continue to dominate much of the public narrative on both sides of the Atlantic. Our November 10th post on Instagram still holds true:

“To all our friends, known & unknown, never forget that
no matter the disappointments or the setbacks,
our direction is forwards – with love.
Emily Davison & her sister suffragettes are willing us on.
It is our choice whether or not to further their noble cause.
We choose Hope. Shoulder to Shoulder with you. Always.”


A Great Week for Women’s Suffrage Champions!

We celebrate all women’s suffrage campaigners, not just the famous ones. The more positive and diverse role models we can celebrate, the better: Shoulder to Shoulder and friend to friend!

Congratulations to the Our Emmeline Statue, Millicent Fawcett Statue and Alice Hawkins Statue campaigns on their recent successes.

If you’re campaigning for a statue of a woman/women who matter to you, let us know so we can support!

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International Women’s Day – 8 March 2017: 

The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange. We celebrate the bravery, determination & excellence of women like suffragette Emily Davison, who faced intense & often violent opposition. But nevertheless, she persisted.

The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange. We celebrate the bravery, determination & excellence of women like suffragette Emily Davison, who faced intense & often violent opposition. But nevertheless, she persisted.

Today is very much a reminder that your voice matters.

Speak up,
Empower Others.

That is what Emily did & it’s very much a part of our work. There are many way that you can make a stand today – from wearing red, in solidarity with our sisters in the USA, to registering to vote.



CARE International’s #March4Women – 5th March:  

We joined CARE International’s wonderful annual event, which proves that empathy, solidarity and action matter:

“Our world today is still shockingly unequal. But we believe we can achieve gender equality if we join together to stand up and speak out.”

This year’s event included live music and entertainment from stars such as Emeli Sande, Billy Bragg and Beth Orton as well as speeches by feminists and activists including Annie Lennox, Sadiq Khan, Helen Pankhurst and Bianca Jagger and finished with a march of thousands of supporters across the iconic Tower Bridge. Make a date in your diary for next year!


Marching for Equality and Voting matters with Kate’s Mum, Judi, Emilija and Kirsty.


The Women’s March – 21 January 2017: 

Why march? In a world that is increasingly dominated by hard line agendas that threaten the precious rights, Emily Davison and campaigners from the past and present continue to strive for to make a fairer, more equal world, it’s vital that women and our allies march today and support each other – Shoulder to Shoulder. Today’s march is a symbol and it’s a beginning. It’s time to work together to create a positive narrative, for everyone.

Women’s voices will be heard. See you there! More information: Women’s March on London.



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Reflecting on 2016: 

Last year was an unprecedented twelve months on many levels, so during this festive season, we have been reflecting on the changes, drawing on the fact that so many people felt their voices had not been previously heard, in order to develop our plans for the future, because democracy and equality matter.

On November 9th, I posted Toni Morrison’s bold and brave quotation, which 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.



Time to reflect, regroup, re-energise? Absolutely!

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.

Let’s choose Hope. Shoulder to Shoulder with you. Always.

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?

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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.




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