Pankhurst portrait illustrates value of Manchester's Women's Awards

A magnificent portrait of Emmeline Pankhurst is to take pride of place in the Rates Hall in Manchester Town Hall.

he portrait is a timely reminder that people still have a chance to recognise the outstanding work carried out by women in the city by nominating them for Manchester's Women's Awards ahead of International Women's Day next year, as the closing date has been extended until 10 December.

The portrait, by local artist Charlotte Newson, was commissioned by Manchester City Council for an exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery called 'Women Like You' to coincide with International Women's day 2010.

Made up of thousands of minute photos of inspiring women: mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, writers, poets , nurses and many more from across Manchester and beyond, the portrait has become an iconic piece of art.

Councillor Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said: "This is an important image and depicts the strength of women across this city. I am delighted that it is in a place that the thousands of people who pass through the Rates Hall will be able to see it."

Councillor Suzanne Richards, Chair of the Steering Group for International Women's Day said: " We know there are thousands of women out there, like the women in this iconic portrait, who deserve to be nominated for an award and I would urge people to take this opportunity to celebrate and recognise women for the work they do."

There are ten different nomination categories for the Women's Awards for International Women's Day and the closing date for nominations is Tuesday 10 December at

The finalists will be invited to the Awards ceremony at Manchester Town Hall on International Women's Day, Friday 7 March 2014 when the winners will be announced.

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