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Walking in memory of Emily Pankhurst and co
9:00am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
THIS group of women are using their feet to mark 100 years since women got the vote.
Events have taken place across the country this summer to celebrate around 50,000 women marching across Britain to London’s Hyde Park to demonstrate for the right to make their mark on ballot papers in 1913.
Using British suffragette leader Emily Pankhurst’s motto ‘Deeds not words’, Linsey Williams and Sarah Cameron have organised a walk in Sankey Valley Park on Sunday for women in Warrington to take part.
The five mile route starts at the duck pond off Cromwell Avenue at 10am and finishes at the Ferry Tavern in Penketh.
Linsey, aged 38, said: “It’s something I’m really passionate about how unselfish those women were marching for women they have never met and would never meet.
“It’s something I’ve taken an interest in since I was child and women would have a dog’s life without the suffragettes.
“The reaction to the Walk for Women Warrington Facebook page has been really positive.
“My stepdaughter (Tyler Williams, aged 12) hasn’t learnt about the suffragettes in school which really shocked me and it makes it more important to do something to mark 100 years.
“It’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted getting the right to vote and is one the most important historical events.”
Amanda Critchley, who will be joining the group with her two daughters Freya, aged three, and Esme, aged six, with their ‘Votes for Women’ and ‘Thanks Panks’ flags said it was important to get involved as inequality is still rife today.
She added: “The suffragettes worked for votes for women 100 years ago but their work is still not finished and there’s still alot of inequality, especially in the work place, today.”
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