Author Visit – Suffrage

23rd February 2018
It has been 100 years since suffragette, Emily Davison, died campaigning for women's rights. In recognition of this important historical event – all KS2 Shanklea girls attended an event hosted by author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst. Ms Pankhurst talked to the children about her books, about following their talents and aspirations whatever they might be, and how reading and creativity can support that journey. You can find out more about her on her website at Nowadays in the UK, women have the same rights as men, but that wasn't always the case. In the early 20th century women didn't have the same rights as men - they couldn't vote in elections and the vast majority could only get jobs as house servants. The gathering of Cramlington primary children promoted that anything actually is possible if you put your mind to it. The event and Ms Pankhurst’s books aim to show everyone present that the world would be a very different place if it wasn’t for the determination of women. Equally, boys can access the books and feel inspired and enjoy each story of adventure, discovery and bravery.