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Hazel Reeves, sculptor of the Emmeline Pankhurst statue and Helen Pankhurst, her great granddaughter stand either side of the statue.

How Manchester is celebrating International Women's Day next month

  • International Women’s Day is on 8 March.
  • Campaign theme this year is #BalanceforBetter, the idea that balance drives a better working world
  • Numerous events are planned for across Manchester to mark the occasion

Manchester is known for its strong women: in December the city unveiled a of Emmeline Pankhurst standing proudly on St Peter’s Square as a symbol of the suffragette movement.

And with next month markng International Women’s Day, the city is gearing up with a packed roster of events. 

Although most events are centred around the main day - 8 March - the International Women's Day campaign runs all year long amid calls for unified direction and collective action.

Emmeline Pankhurst statue in St Peter's Square
ORATOR: the newly-unveiled statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in St Peter's Square

On 2 March, the council is hosting a Walk for Women starting at 1.30pm when people can pick up sashes and rosettes from the rates hall in the town hall extension. 

From 2pm till 3pm there will be a variety of performers around St Peters Square in front of the Central Library, setting the scene for the walk.

At 3pm the Walk for Women will leave St Peter’s Square and march towards Castlefield Bowl for music dancing and poetry. 

On Wednesday 6 March at 1pm, the University of Manchester’s faculty of biology, medicine and health hosts Dr Jess Wade, a scientist who campaigns tirelessly for gender equality and challenges the science gender gap. She will be discussing gender balance, why it is important and why we need to keep talking about equality.

This is a free event and it is open to the public. 

On International Women's Day, itself This Woman’s Work will take place, an event celebrating women in music.

It will take place at The Stoller Hall featuring the all-female Albany Piano Trio and the talented young singers of the Royal Northern College of Music performing a selection of Clara Schumann’s most celebrated vocal works. 

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