Janet Holmes (l) and Lesley Urbach (r) at the opening of the exhibition at The Rathbone Studio on Friday 29 April 2016
Man of Steel by Jean Maskell
‘Votes For Women’ by Jean Maskell. Acrylic on board. In 1928 all women over the age of 21 were able to vote in the United Kingdom. Women campaigning for the vote met with physical and emotional abuse. It was common for suffragettes to be portrayed as ugly man-hating harridans. In contrast women considered physically beautiful and strong were portrayed in patriotic and inspirational national symbolism. Suffragettes reclaimed the image of strong women determining their own future.
The Balance of Power by Jean Maskell.
Stoneware, with Copper Dioxide glazed sculpture, decorated with ribbons in women’s suffrage colours. Eleanor Rathbone fought for women’s suffrage. Today, figures vary by area, but around a third of people do not vote in general elections and around two-thirds do not vote in local elections.
Lesley Urbach, co-founder of the Remembering Eleanor Rathbone Group, talking to the Rt Hon Frank Field MP.
Letter to Eleanor by Jean Maskell
Not Forgotten by Janet Holmes
Mother and Child by Linda Evans
Eleanor Rathbone by Vicky Dolan
‘The Woman’s Voice’ by Jean Maskell. Acrylic painting on paper. Eleanor Rathbone championed the need for family allowances to be paid to women.
Inspiration by Anita M Varey
Crossing the Mediterranean by Jo Dunn