Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Walthamstow's Wonderful Women Walk - Saturday March 8 2014 Midday Cedars Ave

In this week's Working for Walthamstow newsletter Stella Creasy MP has announced a march to celebrate an event in 1910 when women marched along Cedars Avenue to support the Suffragettes' campaign:

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Aunts, Nieces & Neighbours - Let us Celebrate our Past to Inspire our Future! Walthamstow's Wonderful Women Walk - Saturday March 8 2014  Midday Cedars Ave 


As your local MP too often I am the only woman at meetings about key decisions about the future of our community. That's why I'm asking you to join us celebrating Walthamstow's suffragette past to inspire a more equal future on International Women's daySaturday 8 March 2014 at midday in Walthamstow

The Museum of London has recently provided me with a photograph of women marshalling on Cedars Avenue in Walthamstow in 1910. Here's my recent Tedxtalk about why we need to recreate this spirit and inspire women into participation in community and civic activism. We want to do this by posing for a photograph to recreate the suffragette's picture, and then marching down to the Assembly Halls where Waltham Forest Women's Network Festival is holding an all day women only festival for IWD 2014. 

The march will form up around midday with an aim to get to the town hall complex by 2pm for the start of the festival. We want women and girls of all ages to join this march and celebrate - and men who share our ambitions to line the streets in support! We are also able to provide local schools and youth organisations with historical educational resources about this event. 

You can help this event in three simple ways: 
  • Please join our Facebook group if you plan to march with us so we can plan for attendance and please encourage friends and family to do so as well - you can also follow our twitter accountfor updates on this event 
  • We need volunteer stewards on the day to help with the organisation of this event- if you can help please reply to this email 
  • We would like to have banners and sashes for attendees - Significant Seams Craft Community Enterprise will be holding a session in the week before to make sashes and anyone else who can help with making banners or badges for those attending we would very much appreciate!

If you have other ideas for how to make this march a vibrant celebration of equality please do get in touch - I hope you will feel inspired to join us in showcasing the history and celebrating the futures of Walthamstow's women! 

Stella Creasy
Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow

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