The W♀Manchester Statue Project is about celebrating the significant role that women have played in the city. At present 16 out of the 17 statues in the City Centre are of men. The exception is Queen Victoria. The unveiling of this new statue will help address this inequality.

The statue of Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in St Peter’s Square, Manchester on Friday, 14th December 2018 – one hundred years to the day from some women voting for the first time in a British General Election.

All twenty women on the longlist for consideration made a significant contribution to Manchester and, in many cases, to the country. This website aims to showcase these women and their achievements.

From those twenty a shortlist was created and the public voted overwhelmingly for Emmeline Pankhurst.

A shortlisting competition for the sculptor saw 5,850 members of the public vote for their favourite design.

Hazel Reeves won the popular vote and was the unanimous choice of the selection panel with her ‘chair’ design: Rise Up Women.

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Reeves – Pankhurst view 1 FINAL

Fundraising has also begun in earnest with not one penny of this project coming from public funds in Manchester.

A limited edition of twelve 40 cm high versions of the bronze maquette were available for sale  but have sold out.

Corporate sponsors of the project are still welcome

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