CWO Celebrate Emmeline Pankhurst's Birthday

L-R: Baroness Fiona Hodgson - CWO Hon Vice President, Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, 
Niki Molnar - CWO National Chairman, Dr Tania Mathias - PPC Twickenham

The 15th July turned out to be an auspicious day for women. Whilst the CWO were celebrating the life of Emmeline Pankhurst, the Prime Minister was continuing a reshuffle that would double the number of women in Cabinet. And all this a day after the General Synod voted to accept women as bishops after a century-old campaign.

Filmed by the BBC and shown on the BBC News at One, the short ceremony not only remembered Mrs Pankhurst but also the women that gave the ultimate sacrifice during The Great War.

National CWO Chairman said: 'By the end of the war, 68% more women were in employment, or had changed employment. This included women moving out of household services and into factories or becoming aircraft engineers. In this centenary year, we celebrate their lives but especially remember those who died'.

Emmeline Pankhurst's statue stands in Victoria Tower Gardens next to Parliament and the CWO were left a legacy by the family to celebrate her life each year. Even though the legacy ran out many decades ago, it is with pride and honour that the CWO continue this mini-celebration every year.

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