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Pankhurst Parties Get a group of friends and put on your own Pankhurst Party. It will be a brilliant opportunity for women to try out running an event, engaging with the press, getting speakers and reaching out to women on an important issue - plus a range of other skills needed for public life. Ask CWO Regions for advice if you are struggling.

There is no strict format on how you run your day. You could encourage people to dress up as suffragettes - or not - but we recommend at least one speaker and tht you engage with women in your community. At its most simple, an event may be: Bring your own thermos and cake, listen to a speaker and lay a wreath outside your city, county or borough hall. Don't forget to send out a press release (see PR/Press Releasesbelow).

Once you have decided to run an event, register it by clicking the button above (or click here). You will need to register yourself as the organiser. We need you to do this so we know who to contact and to count numbers. You can use an online ticketing system like EventBrite to publicise your event and manage attendees (free if you don't charge for tickets) and add it to social media - don't forget to have Pankhurst Parties in your event's title and use the hashtag #ParkhurstParties on social media.

We recommend not organising anything that will require you to charge for tickets, but if you do need to, then Pankhurst Parties are strictly non-profit, so don't charge over what you anticipate to spend and donate any excess money raised to a reputable charity (hopefully something to do with supporting women, but it is up to you). Check that you comply with all fundraising laws first, as we can't advise you on that. Jump to List

Attendees

All women, but especially younger women and girls - they are the future! Contact women and mother clubs & groups (e.g. Women's Institute), business networks, school mums, press releases, letters to your local newspaper and publicise it on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc) to connect with women of all ages. Your local female councillors (parish, borough, district, county or assembly) may be a good place to start but some may not be interested or don't exist(!)

Your local MP is another great place to start - male or female. They can help reach out to a wider audience. Work together if you can but don't worry if you can't. We are trying to reach out to women who aren't yet speaking up publicly.

A minimum of 20 is a success but expect up to 100 (more if you have the support of a local VIP!). It depends on the weather and how good your appeal has been locally. All events that take place will be a success, so don't worry if you haven't got many coming along. Nationally, it will all add up and your local press release (or letter to the Editor) will reach out to many more women who aren't able to attend. Jump to List

Where

Identify a local government venue - County Hall, City Hall or District/Borough Council maybe. Does it have a public front on a street or is it set back in its own land (you could use Google StreetView to help you find out). If it's on the council private land, then you will need the permission of the Leader of the Council (hopefully you already have her/his backing for your event!). If not, then you could use a community hall or other central venue that Mrs Pankhurst would have possibly spoken at.

The police have a public duty to allow protests and they should be willing to support any gathering on public land or street - but it is advisable to unofficially ask them for their advice (pop into your local police station or give your local station a call). If there are any problems, click here for Government guidance on Protests and Marches. Jump to List

Ceremony and Wreath Laying

A wreath should be laid in a prominent position at the front door of the council or venue - or it could be handed to the Council Leader - it's up to you. Don't forget to buy a wreath. You will hopefully be able to find a local business or group of friends that would be willing to contribute towards the cost (it will be around £50-£75). Ask the florist to include flowers, foliage and ribbons in the suffragette colours - purple, white and green. See photo for example wreaths (click it for a larger version).

L-R: Dr Helen Pankhurst - Emmeline's great-granddaughter - with Sarah Newton MP, laying a wreath at Emmeline's statue with the CWO in Westminster, July 2013

You could also hand in a letter asking confirmation of the number of women councillors there have been compared to men and how many women leaders there have been for that council over the past 100 years? Also ask what the council to actively doing to get better representation by 2028 for all under-represented groups. 2028 is the centenary for when all women got the vote and a target for equal representation.

Remember to include your name and contact details so they can respond and let us know the results so we can monitor them over the next 10 years. Jump to List
Pankhurst Wreaths

Speakers

You will need one or more inspiring speakers and women as role models. Women telling "my journey" into public life is a good focus. It needs a speaker who will generate enthusiasm to encourage women to stand (#AskHerToStand). Female MPs, councillors, celebrities and other local women in public roles should be approached.

If your local MP is a man (and even if he's helping with the event), do explain that you need female speakers, as women need to hear other women's stories. Of course men are very welcome to attend and show their support - but get them to bring their wives, girlfriends, daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers and aunts!

This is a party for everyone who wishes to celebrate women getting the vote - and for those who want to see more women stand for public life, today and in the future. Jump to List

Timing and Next Steps

We suggest that the entire event (including tea party, speakers and wreath laying) takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Leave enough time to talk to the women there and listen to their stories. Hand out a pre-printed piece of paper or business cards with the website address BeenAskedToStand.uk, as this will go to the CWO web page that has lots of advice on how to take the first steps into public life. Jump to List

Stewards

You will need stewards, clearly identified (wearing hi-viz jackets, for example) and information about what women should do next (see above). Stewards can also count how many people you have there so that you can let us know. We'll be adding all attendees together and releasing this to the media. Jump to List

Publicity and Media

Click here for a standard press release you can use with your own details. Do send this into your local paper(s). For those who are confident with speaking to the media, do get in touch with your local radio station and television news. Barring any emergencies, Sunday's are usually a quiet news day, so your event could be included quite readily:

Remember to call them the next day to ask if they have received it and whether anyone - and/or a photographer/camera - will be covering the event.

Newspaper editors are always looking for letters from new people to fill their letters pages, so do write to the editor as well.

We will be organising a national press release - from Blackpool to Brighton, Edinburgh to Exeter, which will hopefully be a good story for a London-centric media! Jump to List

Data Protection

With GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) starting on May 25th 2016, it's vitally important that you don't misuse anybody's data that collect while organising a Pankhurst Party. Each party is independent of the organisers, so you will be responsible for the data you collect. You should take the following into account:
  • Only keep information (names and email addresses) that you actually need to organise a party. You may need to also keep phone numbers but usually only for people who are helping you to organise it.
  • When people sign up for a Party, get them to tick a box (opt-in) to agree for you to send them emails about your Pankhurst Party... and only your Pankhurst Party. You can't collect email addresses for this, then use them to email them about something else, or pass them onto another organisation.
  • Keep the information you collect securely e.g. in a password-protected spreadsheet.
  • Don't leave anyone's personal information lying about e.g. on a printed out list on the day.
  • Delete the information as soon as you don't need it any more e.g. after your final "thank you" email, after the party.
  • In your last email, encourage them to sign up themselves to other networks (websites, social media, etc).
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