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Tameside’s plans to celebrate International Women’s Day
Friday 2nd March 2018 @ 16:26 by Tom Greggan
News Tameside

A colourful tribute to the women who shape our lives and inspire us will be launched on International Women’s Day.

Tameside Council will unveil the Tameside Tied Together ribbon project at an event this Thursday (March 8th).

Residents are invited to write the names and stories of extraordinary women on ribbons that are then threaded together into a visual tribute.

The launch takes place at an event to mark International Women’s Day, a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and calls for action to accelerate gender parity.

It will bring people together at Ashton Market Place, from 11am to 12.30pm, as the nation honours 100 years of women’s suffrage – when some women gained the right to vote.

The event takes place near the steps where some of the most famous suffragettes gave speeches, including Ashton’s Hannah Mitchell who was a key worker for women’s rights.

Tameside Council Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington, Tameside Civic Mayor Cllr Joyce Bowerman and Ashton MP Angela Rayner will all give speeches.

Cllr Warrington, Tameside Council’s first female leader, said: “The centenary of women’s suffrage is a historical milestone that makes International Women’s Day even more poignant this year. Tameside Tied Together gives an opportunity to pay tribute to the women who have, and who continue, to inspire us and pave the way for gender equality.”

Entertainment includes song and dance by young women from Tameside College, songs from St James’ Primary School pupils and a performance from soloist Sarah Kinsey.

Participants will be wearing purple sashes and badges and Tameside Youth Council will give pebbles painted in suffragette colours to people to write messages on.

There will be excerpts read from “The Hard Way Up – the Autobiography of Hannah Mitchell, Suffragette and Rebel” and the speeches Emmeline Pankhurst made from the town hall steps.

A permanent memorial to the movement is being considered in Tameside with residents to be consulted on what’s most appropriate with a statue or street name among the ideas.

The Representation of the People Act 1918 gave women the vote provided they were over 30 and owned property or were married to a property-owner.