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Wonder Women returns!

Wonder Women returns!

From 3-13 March 2016, we celebrate the women’s movement born in our city through film, art, music, walking tours, gallery takeovers, comedy and debate, asking how far we’ve come in 100 years – and how far we have yet to go.

23 February 2016

Wonder Women

PHM is delighted to be part of Wonder Women once again.  Check out our exciting line up of events for this year’s festival celebrating women past and present:

Thurs 3 – Thurs 31 March
Feminism is dead
As part of the People’s History Museum’s look at modern feminism this exhibition will examine the relevance of modern feminism in today’s society.  The display will examine the different portrayals of what it means to be a feminist in modern society, including the idea that it is ‘man hating’.  It will look at what it really means to be a feminist in 2016 and the issues that feminists are fighting for and against.  It aims to disprove the idea that feminism is no longer necessary.
Suitable for all ages
In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
10.00am – 5.00pm

Fri 4 March
What are we chaining ourselves to the railings for today? A discussion on modern feminism – SOLD OUT, waiting list only
From the suffragettes to Pussy Riot, women have chained themselves to railings in the name of feminism across history.  Today we take this as a starting point to discuss the inclusiveness of feminism.  As part of the People’s History Museum’s look at modern feminism, we will be looking at ways in which modern feminism could improve to include the voices of a more diverse range of women than it currently does, including women of colour, trans* women, women of different faiths and gay and bisexual women.  What issues do these women feel strongly enough about to chain themselves to the railings for?  We will be inviting a number of women to give their views on the topic and then open up the discussion to the floor.
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
6.00pm – 8.00pm

Sat 5 March
Women in the First World War
A one day symposium on women’s contributions to World War I.  Activities include presentations on women’s writing, journalism and visual representations of women war workers, as well as creative workshops and a performance of wartime diaries/letters.  In partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University.  Part of the First World War Centenary Programme.
Suitable for adults and young people over 11
Booking required via Eventbrite
£20 general admission/£10 students/unwaged + booking fee (includes lunch and refreshments)
10.30am – 5.00pm

Sat 5 March
The Fabric of Protest – only a few tickets left!
What are the issues facing women in Manchester today?  Participants will reflect on positive changes for women made over the last 100 years, and look at what needs to change for the future as we approach the 2018 centenary of women gaining the right to vote for the first time.  Using a range of protest materials, including ribbons, rosettes, patches, flags and badges, artist Helen Mather will ask participants to contribute to an art piece using their slogan for change.  Individual voices will combine to produce a collective response to where women are today in society, producing a piece of work rich in ideas, materials and visual impact.  Participants are welcome to join the session for as long as they like.  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

Sun 6 March
Badass Women On The Walls – SOLD OUT, waiting list only
Some of history’s best stories have been deliberately forgotten.  This workshop aims to bring some of our most badass women back to life.  As part of the workshop, you’ll work with the Digital Women’s Archive North and Dr Jenna Ashton, to access hidden archives from the People’s History Museum and Working Class Movement Library, to find the stories of some of the worst behaved northern women in history.  After you’ve found your woman, you’ll have the chance to work with some of our best northern female artists, including Charlotte Newson, Warp and Weft, 16 Days of Street Art Action [TBC] and Caroline Dowsett to tell their hidden stories loud and clear in a communal creative form.  We’ll be exhibiting the art created in Manchester city centre throughout March to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise the profile of some of our most badass women. The event is A City Speaks workshop run by Symmetry Creative in collaboration with Wonder Women Festival and the People’s History Museum.
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

Tues 8 March
Living History performance: The Hard Way Up – A Suffragette’s Story – only a few tickets left!
Celebrate International Women’s Day and watch our Living History character based on the life of suffragette Hannah Mitchell.  Hannah spoke out for women and the poor and became a peace campaigner after World War I.  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

Tues 8 March
Dear Friend Letter Writing Workshop
Dear Friend is a letter writing project celebrating women who stood up for others, past and present.  Hannah Mitchell was a local councillor in Manchester in the early 20th century and fought for peace and women’s suffrage when the country was at war and women did not have the vote.  Learn more about Hannah’s life in our Living History performance The Hard Way Up – A Suffragette’s Story, then join this letter writing workshop after the performance, led by writer Julia Nelson.  You will have ample opportunity in the workshop to learn more about different women in the past and the present if you don’t already know who to write to.  The letters will be added to the digital collection at dearfriend.org.uk and some will be displayed during March in the main galleries at PHM.
Suitable for adults and young people over 16
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
2.15pm – 4.15pm

Tues 8 March
Men are the Losers Now. Discuss
Speakers debate for and against this provocative motion, exploring the benefits of raising boys the same as girls, gender stereotyping and masculine pressures.
Suitable for adults and young people over 12
Booking required via Discuss
£7
6.30pm – 8.00pm

Sun 13 March
Make It Happen 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 their contribution to harmony through radicalism, war effort, nursing, science and community work.
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