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Weʼre raising £50,000 to raise a Statue for Sylvia

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Sylvia Pankhurst is too often the “forgotten” Pankhurst. In this centenary year of the first limited votes for women we are campaigning to change this.

You may know about Sylvia the suffragette but perhaps be unaware that she doesn’t feature on the existing memorial to the suffragettes. Sylvia wrote the definitive history of the suffragette movement and her name is primarily associated with the fight for votes for women. What is less well known is her active involvement in socialist causes both domestic and international, causes still so relevant today.

This is why Sylvia merits a statue. It will represent her commitment to peace and her fight against racism, fascism and imperialism; her work with trade unions, fighting with the impoverished working class in the East End of London and her campaigning for votes for women, equal pay and childcare.

We are delighted to have the support of Islington Council and the Corporation of the City of London to raise the statue on Clerkenwell Green, London, however the majority of the funds we have raised have been from donations from individuals and trade union branches. This really will be a people’s statue.

We have already paid, from sponsors’ donations, the costs of the artist at the foundry making the full size clay model, and the costs of preparation of the mould.

We now need a further £50,000. This will cover the costs of casting the statue in bronze and preparing the plinth.Then of course we need to work with the foundry on delivery and with Islington Council on raising the statue and to organise the massive public launch we want in order to ensure that Sylvia’s life and work is properly acknowledged and celebrated. More tediously, but very importantly, we must also arrange for continuous insurance and maintenance.

So we are now seeking your help to raise £50,000 – please donate, tell friends and family, and raise in your trade union branch, your community or political organisation, or indeed in any other place!

With your help we will ensure that Sylvia, a woman who in so many ways was ahead of her time, is recognised and her messages of peace and equality for all informs future generations.

Thank you from The Sylvia Pankhurst Memorial Committee

The campaign website

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You can also donate online Here

Cheques should be made payable to “SERTUC (Sylvia Pankhurst)” and sent to

Megan Dobney, SERTUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Contact us on 01479 851 306 or 07952 771 451 or via

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  • Philippa clark1 day ago
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    Philippa clark

    1 day ago

    Sylvia Pankhurst became involved with the cause of Ethiopia in response to the actions of fascist Italy invading the country from 1934. She was outraged at a European power colonizing this Independent African Nation. In 1936 she started the New Times and Ethiopia News and provided an outlet for anti-colonialist and African writers. In this #BlackHistoryMonth help us raise awareness - and funds -to promote the significance now and future generations of Sylvia's vocal and active opposition to racism.

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  • Philippa clark4 days ago
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    4 days ago

    Thank you for all your positive comments - keep us going. We still need to raise money to see the statue erected so please speak to friends, workmates, raise in your organisations, trade union branches and women groups....bookclubs! Everywhere you can! Thank you!

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  • Philippa clark20 days ago
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    20 days ago

    It was good to be at the Garden Party on Old Ford Road in London's East End to open the creation of a community garden commemorating Sylvia Pankhurst. This will be on the site where the East London Federation of Suffragettes established a restaurant for women to pay what they could afford for a proper meal. This is a great initiative and though the weather was decidedly damp, spirits were high! There is a lot happening in the area so find out more ;

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  • Valerie Sharpe

    Valerie Sharpe

    Oct 12, 2018


  • Emma O'Brien

    Emma O'Brien

    Sep 29, 2018

    I hope you get to your required total soon. So looking forward to seeing Sylvia's statue. Good luck Phil xx




    Sep 24, 2018

    UNISON branch at the University of the West of England are pleased to donate towards a statue commemorating Sylvia Pankhurst.


  • Rachel Russell

    Rachel Russell

    Sep 21, 2018

    Zoonation’s Sylvia, The Musical, at the Old Vic is inspirational! Thanks so much Phil xx


  • Stephanie


    Aug 27, 2018

    We need a public monument to this towering historical figure whose life of campaigning was not just for equality for women but for freedom from oppression for all, and against the warmongers of 1914.


  • Gareth Lewis

    Gareth Lewis

    Aug 17, 2018


  • Kenneth Keable

    Kenneth Keable

    Aug 17, 2018


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