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Honouring Sylvia Pankhurst

The Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee invites support from organisations and individuals for its aim of ensuring greater recognition for one of the most significant women of the twentieth century.

Launched informally in March 1999, the proposal for a permanent memorial to Sylvia has already attracted sponsorship and support from key unions and individuals. A £30,000 appeal has been launched to raise enough for a life size statue.

The committee has commissioned a prominent labour movement sculptor to create an appropriate image of Sylvia Pankhurst and has now obtained planning permission for its chosen site for the statue.

On the 20th June, in the year in which we a) raise all the money, and b) progress through all the labyrinthine procedures, this memorial to Sylvia’s life and contribution to working class women will be unveiled. (This is the anniversary of the date when Liberal Prime Minister Asquith, an opponent of women’s suffrage, was coerced, as a result of Sylvia’s threat of an indefinite hunger and thirst strike, to meet a delegation of working class women from the East London Federation of Suffragettes. This was the first and only women’s deputation received by the government during the suffrage campaign.)

To donate to the Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Fund, send your cheque, made payable to "SERTUC (Sylvia Pankhurst)" to SERTUC at the address below.

Contact us at: Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee, SERTUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS, UK

or email us.


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Last Revised: 11 April 2001