Lynn Setterington image for Remembering Emily

Remembering Emily

This recent collaborative signature cloth marks the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in June 1913. My aim was to raise awareness of her as part of www.100deeds.co.uk and pays homage to the banner on display in the Museum of London, made up of the sewn signatures of suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway prison.

I organised an event at MMU where students, staff and academics came together to sew their signatures and in so doing remember Emily’s deeds.The finished cloth is displayed in the foyer of the People’s History Museum from  8th – 14th June. Women’s Hour also featured the 100deeds on Friday 31st May including an interview with some of my students.

I have been thinking around the questions I have posed and  my own answers. I guess by the fact of doing this piece of work, I do not think we have gender equality. Sadly, it seems to be very much still for women that you are judged by your looks more then your skills and brains. I am disappointed that the great role models of presenters, (male and female) that were on TV in the Paralympics, seem to become once again invisible.

My rendition of EWD signature comes from research into her papers in the Women’s Library in London Metropolitan University, currently being rehoused in the LSE.

Published: 6th October 2014
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