Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, was instrumental in the suffrage movement that saw the passing of the Representation of the People Act, giving women over the age of 30 the right to vote. Pankhurst was born in Manchester and to mark the centenary of this landmark achievement in gender equality, the city will be providing a dense and varied programme of exhibitions, talks, music and more. Read on for our top three:

Suffragette City: exhibition and day & night music event, Now – Sat 10 Mar
This exhibition curated by Manchester Digital Music and Archive aims to recognise and celebrate women’s achievements in Manchester’s music industry by featuring photographic portraits of 25 key women including DJs, sound engineers, venue owners, record label managers and musicians. The exhibition closes on Sat 10 Mar but there’ll be a music event across both floors of The Refuge all day and into the night where a £2 door donation will go towards Women’s Aid and the Manchester Digital Music Archive.
Until Sat 10 Mar, The Refuge, Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA, Free/£2 (exhibition/music event), www.facebook.com and www.facebook.com

In Conversation: Women in STEM, Thu 8 Mar
Celebrating both International Women’s Day and British Science Week, a panel of guests will talk about the opportunities and challenges presented to women in STEM careers. How can we encourage girls to be the STEM leaders of tomorrow? When and why do girls lose interest in STEM subjects? These will be debated and the audience will be invited to ask their own questions about the politics of gender within the sector. Be sure to book your spot.
Thu 8 Mar, Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, M3 4FP, FREE, www.msimanchester.org.uk

Zena presents SHE, Mon 5 Mar
An events company who aims to empower women in the music industry through their gigs, the evening will be a triple bill of Katie Pham and the Moonbathers’ “slop shop pop rock”, indie art-rock from Leeds-based quintet The Golden Age of TV and homegrown pop/blues band Forestfires who have drawn comparisons with Bon Iver and Fleetwood Mac.
Mon 5 Mar, Night People, 105 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD, £5.83, www.eventbrite.co.uk

Honorable mentions:

Women: Know Your Place!: live panel discussion
Thu 8 Mar, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER, FREE (must register), www.eventbrite.co.uk

She Bangs The Drums: contemporary theatre
Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP, £13, www.contactmcr.com

The Drama of the Suffrage Movement: a day of talks, workshops, performances and films
Sat 10 Mar, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER, £5/10, www.eventbrite.co.uk

Women Rule Manchester: continuous interview and live performance
Sun 11 Mar, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER, £5 (refundable deposit), www.tickettailor.com

Hooligan Sparrow: film screening
Thu 8 Mar, CFCCA, Market Buildings, 13 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1EU, £4, www.eventbrite.co.uk

Wed 28 Feb - Sun 11 Mar
Edwina Chan
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Thu 1 Mar 2018