The statue will raise awareness of and commemorate Congleton's pioneering suffragist campaigner, Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1833–1918). This project is just the unveiling day on 8th March 2022. Additional information:- Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy worked tirelessly for girls’ education, for women’s right to own property and for their right to vote. Elizabeth took part in marches, gave speeches, and created over 1600 petitions and 7000 letters. Elizabeth lived in Congleton. Emmeline Pankhurst dubbed her ‘the brains of the suffragist movement’. Elizabeth was a co-founder of the NUWS and the Womens Emancipation Union. In 1871 Elizabeth became the first paid employee of the women’s movement when she was paid to lobby Parliament with regard to laws that were injurious to women - she was nicknamed ‘the ‘Government Watchdog’. Elizabeth's Group has already raised funds for a statue of Elizabeth in Congleton and needs the funding for the installation and unveiling event.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Education of local people, especially children, on women's rights, art and local history - a nationally-important figure living in Congleton. Inspire conversations about equality and human rights. Tourism - many have already said they will visit Congleton to see the statue as part of the 'Suffragist Trail' around the country. Community spirit with the celebration and unveiling at which schools and everyone in Congleton will be invited. Ongoing installation of a valuable bronze statue by a renowned sculptor - Hazel Reeves - who created the Emmeline Pankhurst statue in Manchester. This artwork will stand in Congleton for hundreds of years.
Steps to get it done:
Please see www.elizabethelmy.com
About the space
Cheshire East Council