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A Guide to Celebrating Feminist Manchester

27 February 2020 | Maisy Farren

International Women’s Day is coming on 8 March 2020, and we think you should spend it living your best feminist self with one of these unmissable events! 


Image credit: Walk for Women via Facebook
Walk for Women
Manchester City Centre 
 
Organised by Manchester City Council itself, the city’s annual Walk for Women is an amazing opportunity to have your voice heard and stand strong in a crowd of female power! Both men, women and other are welcome to join the council on this march – you just have to be a proud supporter of women to qualify. You’re invited to make as much noise as possible to claim this space, so feel free to bring along fun, safe and noisy instruments for the day. To get involved, meet outside Manchester Cathedral at 12pm on 7 March for a walk commencing at 12.30pm. The route will take you right through the city centre to St Peter’s Square where you’ll find a female-led marketplace. Networking, performances and activities that focus on health, employment, education and more is a great spot to unwind on this International Women’s Weekend! 
 
Walk for Women takes place on Saturday 7 March 2020, meeting outside Manchester Cathedral at 12pm. Click here for more info. 
 
The Pankhursts of Manchester Tour
Emmeline Pankhurst Statue, St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 3DN
 
Discover the fascinating feminist history of Manchester by dropping in on The Pankhursts of Manchester Tour. Starting at the city centre Emmeline Pankhurst statue, find out all about this politically revolutionary family that included Emmeline and her daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela, and their vital parts in the Suffragette movement that paved the way for equal rights for women. Learn all about their hunger strikes, militant activism and overall political movements, including the dramatic rift between Emmeline and Adela that never healed. You’ll no doubt leave this tour feeling bolstered for feminist action and with a better understanding of Manchester’s important role in the Women’s Social and Political Union. 
 
The Pankhursts of Manchester Tour takes place on Sunday 1 March 2020 at 11.30am. Click here to book. 
 

Image credit: Funny Women via Facebook
Feminist Roadshow: Comedy Night and Workshop
The Frog and Bucket, 102 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LJ
 
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing someone say that “women aren’t funny” then be sure to check out the Funny Women’s Feminist Roadshow and Comedy Night on 8 March! This full afternoon workshop is filled with fascinating panels and enjoyable talks, including the Know Your Worth Workshop which will leave you with the chance to tell your own story, create your own comedy material, interpret body language and become more confident and memorable. You’ll also get the chance to listen to the panel discussion ‘Is Greater Manchester Working for Women?’ with activists and members of Oldham council in discussion. The evening’s comedy show will then be headlined by Funny Women award winner Jayde Adams and a selection of other hilarious acts. 
 
Feminist Roadshow takes place on Sunday 8 March between 1.30pm and 10pm. Click here for more information on the workshop and here for more information on the comedy show. 
 
The Guilty Feminist: Live with Deborah Francis White
The Lowry, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
 
Going to be out of town for the weekend of or weekend before International Women’s Day? Well, be sure to pencil in time to see Deborah Francis White’s insanely popular podcast tour in May! For those who don’t know, The Guilty Feminist is an extremely popular podcast (it’s had over 70 million downloads worldwide!) that launched five years ago. It involves the hilarious Deborah Francis White discussing the insecurities and anomalies of being a 21st century feminist, with different guests including comedians and popular musicians. This touring version of the show will involve local guests, music, stand-up and some surprises along the way… check out what Francis-White had to say when we spoke to her just last year before you book! 
 
The Guilty Feminist: Live with Deborah Francis White takes place Saturday 9 May 2020 at 7.30pm. Click here for tickets. 
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