Stockport Town Hall is being lit up in purple in support of International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and #PressforProgress.
In Stockport, there’ll be events celebrating inspirational women, including:
– Suffragette Heirs exhibition at Stockport Heritage Library. This is a display of some of the women Stockport has been able to vote for over the years. This includes Mrs Mary J. Potts, Stockport’s first woman Councillor, and runs to our current MPs, Councillors and Mayor.
– Evening Talk about Elizabeth Raffald at Staircase House on Thursday 8th March at 7pm. Cook, publisher, housekeeper, pub landlady, business woman, shopkeeper, mother – all these things were part of Elizabeth’s extraordinary life. Suze Appleton will give us an insight into Elizabeth’s life from her extensive research.
– Live Screening: Inspiring Entrepreneurs – Women Mean Business at Stockport Central Library on Thursday 8th March at 6.30pm. Live screening from The British Library in London. An evening of celebration, story-telling and expertise-sharing with a panel of some of the UK’s most inspirational women in business.
Councillor Wendy Wild, Deputy Leader of Stockport Council, said:
I’m delighted we’re marking International Women’s Day in Stockport and recognising the contribution of the region’s women across many sectors. 2018 also marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which allowed some women to vote for the first time, so it’s a great year to be celebrating what has been achieved so far but also to call for further progress.”