Suffragette + Lynne Franks presents POW panel Women’s Leadership in our Community
March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm£4 - £8
To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March we are screening and hosting this – if you haven’t seen the 2015 film, Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron, written by Abi Morgan, and starring Carey Mullighan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, and Marie-Ann Duff, then this is a must. It is also the centenary of women’s suffrage so all the more reason to see this now.
If you have seen it, then we invite you to bring your daughters and sons to this film to understand why women are systemically still not accorded the same rights (equal pay at the BBC, anyone?) and privileges as men.
As Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian put it at the time (awarding it four stars) “Suffragette is a tart reminder to those who are casual about democratic gender equality that votes for women were not something that naturally evolved due to the ruling class’s innate decency; they had to be fought for. A startling list of statistics over the final credits gives the staggeringly recent appearances, and indeed non-appearances, of women’s suffrage around the world.”
The terrific Lynne Franks has just been awarded an OBE for her services to women, and we are delighted to launch her POW series – Power Of Women – with a panel on Women’s Leadership in the Community. Lynne Franks is recognised as the pioneer of modern day PR, where she created London Fashion Week, inspired the world’s largest Aids/HIV fundraiser and launched Green Consumer Week. A global futurist, thought leader and change maker Lynne is a champion for gender equality, sustainable business practices and women’s economic empowerment, and through her seminal best-seller The SEED Handbook, has influenced hundreds of thousands of women to start their own enterprise, using the feminine principles of collaboration, community and connection. Lynne has opened her own hub at Number 4 Market Place and will be chairing a panel of powerful women in our community discussing how we find it, how we exercise it, and how we can mentor younger women and our daughters to be leaders.
Confirmed for the panel so far are Emma Slee, Editor of The Western Gazette, and Faye Purbricke, Conservative Councillor for South Somerset District Council, with two more to follow from the Wincanton community.
Emma Slee is the Editor of the Western Gazette, a series of five weekly newspapers covering south Somerset and west Dorset, as well as the news website SomersetLive.co.uk. Emma became a journalist 23 years ago as an apprentice on her local newspaper based on the Devon and Cornwall border. Since then she has worked on the North Devon Journal, the Express and Echo in Exeter and the Derby Telegraph, before joining the Western Gazette 10 years ago as Head of Content. She was promoted to Editor five years ago and launched SomersetLive.co.uk 18 months ago after merging seven newspaper-branded local news websites and three editorial teams.
We will be launching a mentoring scheme for young women at this event, so come prepared to put your name down to mentor girls and young women to find their power and equal rights in the workplace and at home.