Elizabeth is now on the map, officially! The new Congleton link road was named Wolstenholme Elmy Way on 19th April 2021.
Elizabeth’s Group and some friends walked the road on the 18th, the pre-opening day, in suffragist costume, to celebrate the road name. We met lots of members of the public on bikes or walking, and the majority, we were delighted to find, knew exactly who the road was named after! For more pictures, see the Gallery.
Then on the opening day we hired a vintage Daimler and drove up the new road as part of the Classic Car Cruise! We were in the company of lots of other classic cars and some novelty ones too, like the Batmobile. We waved streamers in suffragist colours and lots of people lined the road and waved at us. We were particularly happy to see and hear a crowd of children calling out ‘votes for women’ as we drove by!
To top it off we were interviewed, and Elizabeth’s story was featured, in the BBC North West Tonight news report, which you can watch here:
Hazel Reeves is not only a great sculptor, she is also committed to redressing the lack of women represented in public art, one statue at a time. Before becoming a sculptor Hazel spent many years promoting women’s rights internationally. Now her passion is for telling stories in bronze of struggles for social justice, as she will be doing with our Elizabeth!
Hazel is delivered the Morley College Penny Lecture on 25th March 2021, entitled Statues of Women – The Politics and the Practice.
Elizabeth’s Group has released a new video for International Women’s Day 2021!
Chair Susan Munro talks about her hero Elizabeth and explains her importance in the development of women’s rights.
Without Elizabeth, women would not be able to own property in their own name, vote, hold office or keep the money we earn. Find out more about the ‘Scourge of Parliament’ in this video (suitable for school audiences):