Location: St Peter’s Square, Manchester
Artist: Hazel Reeves
The statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, officially called “Rise Up Women” is a bronze sculpture in St Peter’s Square, Manchester, depicting Emmeline Pankhurst, a British political activist and leader of the suffragette movement in the United Kingdom. In 2016, Sculptor Hazel Reeves was the overwhelming winner in a public vote to choose which woman should be memorialised.
The statue was unveiled on 14 December 2018, the centenary of the 1918 United Kingdom general election, the first election in the United Kingdom in which women over the age of 30 could vote. Reeves chose to portray Pankhurst standing on a chair as she rallied a crowd. It is the first statue honouring a woman established in Manchester since a statue of Queen Victoria was dedicated more than 100 years ago.