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In Her Shoes - Leicester's Suffragette Alice Hawkins

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Wednesday 21st June 6pm - 7.30pm
at Leicester Print Workshop.

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Join us for a talk by Elaine Pantling about Leicester’s suffragette Alice Hawkins.

“I have a voice and I will use it!” is the clarion call of Alice Hawkins, mother of six, shoe machinist, equal rights activist and suffragette. Alice joined the band of many women in the fight for their right to vote. Arrested five times, served time in Holloway and Leicester prison. She rubbed shoulders with the Pankhurst’s and in 1907 set up the Women’s Social and Political Union in Leicester.

2018 marks 100 years since women were granted the right to vote. Alice Hawkins was a Leicester resident who lived and worked in the Westcotes area and campaigned tirelessly for equality and justice in equal measure. This working class woman was a prominent figure who spoke at meetings in public places at home, in the midlands and nationally. She cycled to factories across the Midlands to gain support and is listed as one of Leicester’s ‘Most Radicals!’

Elaine Pantling, writer and performer has been given permission from Alice’s family to bring this very important story to life, to celebrate and recognise the fight that women like Alice won in order to have a voice and a vote!

Elaine will perform extracts from her show ‘ALICE in Her Shoes’. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions and to add their voice to the conversation!