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Photo call for Pankhurst portrait

Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst brought her family up to fight for women's rights

Photographs of inspirational women are wanted to create a tribute to Manchester-born female rights campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst.

A portrait of the suffragette, whose battles through the early 20th Century helped secure women equal voting rights, has been commissioned.

Artist Charlotte Newson will use at least 2,000 of the donated photos to make a collage of Mrs Pankhurst.

It will hang in Manchester Art Gallery to mark Independent Women's Day.

Ms Newson said: "We want photographs of women that you feel have made an impact on your life.

Emmeline Pankhurst
Born in Manchester in 1858 and married Richard Pankhurst, a lawyer and supporter of the women's suffrage movement
They had five children, including three daughters, Christabel, Sylvia and Adela, who were also activists.
The whole family helped develop the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in 1887
Mrs Pankhurst founded the militant Women's Social and Political Union, whose members became known as suffragettes, in 1903
Along with other suffragettes, she was arrested several times and went on hunger strike
She died on 14 June 1928, shortly after women aged 21 and above were granted equal voting rights with men
Women over the age of 30 had been given the vote in 1918

"It really could be anyone - your mother, grandmother, friend, teacher, historical figure or even a contemporary personality."

Mrs Pankhurst also brought her daughters up to fight for women's rights, and the whole family helped develop the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.

At the height of the suffragette movement in the early part of the 1900s, a campaign of civil disobedience began with women chaining themselves to railings, smashing windows and committing arson.

It reached a climax in 1913 when fellow suffragette Emily Davison was killed as she rushed out at the Derby to bring down the King's horse.

Manchester city councillor Sue Murphy said: "Women, by their very nature, are strong characters and Manchester is full of strong and motivating women.

"We want to celebrate the lives of these ordinary women who in their own way are doing extraordinary things every day."

Ms Newson, councillors Val Stevens, Sue Murphy and paralympic gold-medal winning cyclist Sarah Storey will be bringing their photos to Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street on Tuesday afternoon to start the campaign.

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