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VIDEO: Why We Are Militant

Emmeline Pankhurst gave some incredible speeches, including the fierce and still relevant Why We Are Militant. It seemed fitting to record the Standard Issue team reading it. The fight for equality is far from over.

Emmeline Pankhurst.

Emmeline Pankhurst.

I quite often have good ideas. That’s not to blow my own trumpet, because I don’t have one and if I did it would be under my bed with the violin, the half-finished novel and those trousers I tried to take up. You’re welcome to them; just try not to look at the wall I ‘plastered’ on the way out. Or the VW Camper stranded on my driveway.

I’m not a big finisher, is the point, which is why I’m rather delighted that this idea – to get as many staff and contributors of Standard Issue as possible to read one of Emmeline Pankhurst’s speeches – actually came to fruition.

Pankhurst gave some top-notch speeches in her time, but only Freedom or Death, delivered in the US in 1913, is particularly well read (or regarded).

And we’re a bit baffled as to why, because Why We Are Militant, the speech we read here, is excellent. It’s a reminder not just of how far we’ve come in 100 years, but of how far women all over the world still have to go.

Hannah Dunleavy

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