Mrs Pankhurst was among those celebrated in our lovely St Chrysostom’s People celebration at St Chrysostom’s. The Pankhurst family at the time they were in Manchester were not church attenders yet Mrs Pankhurst supported and worked with the church at our church school, St Chrysostom’s, being one of the governors appointed by the church.
We’re posting scripts used on the celebration evening togwther with photographs. Mrs Pankhurst (Sandra Palmer) began the evening with great aplomb!
The Bishop of Manchester had just finished speaking when a loud voice called out:
‘What about the women?’
(A suffragette lady came forward to the lectern, with assistant holding a banner)
I speak as Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst who lived just 100 yards away from where we are sitting.
“I would rather be a rebel than a slave. I campaign for equal rights for women. I campaign for justice for all. If it is right for men to fight for their freedom, and God knows what the human race would be like today if men had not, since time began, fought for their freedom, then it is right for women to fight for their freedom and the freedom of the children they bear.
I campaign for women and for the well being of the poor and weak of our society. I support all efforts to help the needy, especially children and the next generation.
For this reason, I, Emmeline Pankhurst, serve as a school manager at St Chrysostom’s school along with the Rector and church members. Together we will improve education, together we will work for Justice.
“Trust in God – she will provide.”