Sylvia, the other Pankhurst

By on January 10, 2019
Photograph of Sylvia Pankhurst recovering from hunger strike in Bow, East London. © Norah Smyth 1913

Helen Pankhurst provides an introduction to her grandmother Sylvia, her role in East London, the fight against fascism and for Ethiopian Independence, all set in the wider context of an interactive discussion on women’s rights past, present and future.

Helen Pankhurst is an author and a women’s rights activist and international development practitioner. Helen studied at Sussex University, Vassar College, New York, and Edinburgh University and has an honorary degree from Edge Hill University. She is a Visiting Professor at MMU and is the First Chancellor of the University of Suffolk.

Helen is a Senior Advisor for CARE International. She previously worked for other international development charities including WaterAid, Womankind Worldwide and ACORD. She is currently a Trustee of ActionAid.

The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, Helen carries on the legacy.

This includes undertaking re-enactment work for current-day awareness-raising including at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, the 2015 film Suffragette, leading CARE International’s annual #March4Women event ahead of International Women’s Day in London and launching the Centenary Action Group.

She has worked with the composer Lucy Pankhurst, on the lyrics of the Emmeline Anthem commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and in 2018 published the book: Deeds Not Words, the Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now.

This talk is part of Four Corners’ current exhibition East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth.

Join the talk at Four Corners – Sylvia, the other Pankhurst Wednesday 16th January 2019.

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