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A free screening of the critically-acclaimed film Suffragette will take place on campus, coinciding with the anniversary week of the University’s opening as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women 131 years ago.

The showing is also part of the national campaign titled The Time Is Now, which is a season of film exploring and celebrating the role women play in affecting change.

The screening of Suffragette will be followed by a discussion from experts in film and women’s movement, including Oscar-winning film producer Mia Bays, Edge Hill’s Professor Roger Shannon, and Gail Heath who is the CEO of The Pankhurst Trust.

Suffragette is the powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything for equality. It tells the story of the early feminist movement as working women fought for the right to vote, turning to violence as their only route to change.

The screening of this film ties in with the anniversary of the opening of Edge Hill on the 24th January 1885. In the early 1900s, many students showed an interest in feminism, the suffrage movement and fighting for the vote.

These direct links to the Suffragette movement are illustrated in the University’s colours of gold, green and heliotrope (purple), the same colours used in traditions of the women’s suffrage movement, and this symbolises Edge Hill’s early commitment to the equality of women.

Edge Hill continues to support gender equality and has recently received the Bronze Award from Athena SWAN, the charter that recognises commitment to tackling gender equality in higher education. In gaining the award, the University has established an action plan to advance and promote the careers of women across a range of disciplines.

This event is just one of a wider programme taking place at Edge Hill over the coming months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

The film will be shown on Wednesday 20th January at 7:00pm in The Arts Centre. Click here for further information and to book your place.