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Wonder Women 2017

Join us for a fabulous season of events celebrating the achievements of women

15 February 2017

Wonder WomenWonder Women is Manchester’s creative countdown to the 100 year anniversary in 2018 of women first winning the (partial) right to vote.  Taking place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 12 March 2017, it is a radical, feminist festival of talks, exhibitions, theatre, music, workshops and tours across the city, led by cultural institutions, independent artists, women’s groups and networks.

The 2017 programme is the artistic response of the birth city of the suffragette movement, celebrating those who won the fight for votes for women nearly a century ago, and the activism that continues to underpin the feminist issues of our time.

Led by the People’s History Museum and Creative Tourist, Wonder Women 2017 asks how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go.

Wonder Women events at People’s History Museum:

Thurs 2 March
Dear Friend: Our Mothers and Sisters
Discover the newly acquisitioned Feminist Webs Archive, learn more about the popular magazines such as Spare Rib and Scarlet Women, how youth workers changed the lives of girls and young women for the better, and write a letter to an inspirational woman.  Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism. Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
3.00pm – 5.00pm

Sat 4 March
Our Manchester Women City Centre Trail SOLD OUT, waiting list only
Celebrate International Women’s Day and join our Green Badge Tour Guide, Suzanne Hindle, on a walking tour around the city centre.  Uncover the stories of historical and modern Manchester women and find out about how they have fought for equal and fair working conditions.  This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.
Family Friendly event, suitable for over 10s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Wed 8 March
Living History performance: Strike A Light! – A Match Girl’s Story
Meet Maggie McCallow, a Victorian match girl involved in the match factory strike of 1888 and find out how she campaigned for better rights for workers.  Find out how this inspired the museum’s Fabric of Protest group project to create a banner commemorating their campaign.  This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.
Family Friendly event, suitable for over 7s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Wed 8 March
Wonder Women guided tour
Take a guided tour of our main galleries and our changing exhibition Never Going Underground: The Fight LGBT+ Rights and see how women have campaigned for better working conditions.  We will look at the lives of social justice campaigners Esther Roper and Eva Gore-Booth who campaigned for equal rights for working class women.  Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.  This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
2.30pm – 3.30pm

Thurs 9 March
Have Your Say!
Come along to this monthly discussion event where Mark Krantz will facilitate a discussion on the political talking point of that month, whilst PHM staff will draw links from the topics discussed to the museum’s collection.  This month will link to International Women’s Day, and focus on the question ‘Now we have the UK’s second female Prime Minister in post, is the fight for workplace equality for women over?’  Join us and Have Your Say!  This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
1.00pm – 3.00pm

Thurs 9 March
Queer Story Showcase: International Women’s Day
As part of our Never Going Underground season, Queer Media brings their pop up cinema event Queer Story Showcase to PHM to mark International Women’s Day.  Celebrate the stories of queer women with a triumphant selection of seven amazing female led LGBT+ short films.  Watch the joy, the sadness, the ups and downs, and the strength in coping with what life throws at you, all wrapped up in a bit of humour with a side order of realness.  The event will include a screening of a feature film that will be announced nearer the time.  Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.
Suitable for adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
£9/£7 unwaged + booking fee
6.00pm – 9.00pm

Sat 11 March
Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon
Join us as Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West, sheds light on the life and career of Alice Bacon.  With an introduction by Andy Burnham MP, chaired by Lucy Powell MP.  Alice Bacon was the first woman to represent Leeds as an MP, and is the subject of a new biography by Reeves.  The daughter of a Yorkshire coal miner, Alice was an unlikely but powerful force behind the groundbreaking social reforms of post war Labour.  Like so many women in the politics of the period, Alice has been written out of history.  Find out why it is time her legacy was brought back to the fore.  Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
11.30am – 1.00pm

Sat 11 March
The Fabric of Protest
What factors impact on women’s working lives today?  Join our monthly creative textile workshop to collaboratively produce a piece of artwork rich in personal responses and exploration, looking at how women have and still are campaigning for better working conditions, and what still needs to be improved today.  Participants can attend individual workshops or join us on a regular basis to shape how the work develops.  Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism.  This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.
Suitable for adults and young people over 11
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3
1.00pm – 3.30pm