Salford’s Working Class Movement Library is marking both Parliament Week and the Explore Your Archive campaign with an Open Day on Saturday 16 November between 10am and 1pm on the theme ‘Women in Democracy’.

It focuses on items from the Library’s rich collections about how women have fought for an equal say, from the first female Councillor in Eccles to the women in the Co-operative movement.

The lack of women MPs is a constant complaint about parliament.  With women making up over half of the population, so it goes that they should make up half of parliament During the Open Day visitors can drop in to the Library and find out more about those pioneering women who fought against this inequality.  Staff and volunteers will be on hand to discuss the items on display, and answer questions.

The Working Class Movement Library event runs alongside the politics festival POLLfest, which runs at Manchester’s People’s History Museum from 15 to 21 November with a series of events and activities including Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell talking on what it’s like to be a female MP today, and a comedy evening including an open mic session.







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