People’s History Museum also displays first contemporary portrait of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst

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A new exhibition launches today at the People’s History Museum in Manchester to mark International Women’s Day by celebrating economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Women and Girls are Strong opens today and runs until May 20th. An interactive exhibition curated by Feminist Webs, it invites visitors to add a leaf to the ’Histree’ and enjoy the wall of masks.

The museum is also displaying Women Like You, the first contemporary portrait of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst by artist Charlotte Newson.  On display until April 1st, this eye-catching portrait has been created using photo-mosaic, containing 10,000 images of inspirational women sent to the artist by members of the public.

Each photo celebrates the extraordinary lives of ordinary women; from grandmothers, mothers, aunties and sisters to best friends, teachers, colleagues, scientists, politicians and peace-workers. Visitors can take the opportunity to meet the artist Charlotte Newson on March 14th and 17th.

The museum has a number of exciting exhibitions and events on offer for visitors to enjoy on Thursday 8 March as part of this global day celebrating the with events continuing into May 2012.

Details of the exhibition are available here


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