A figure of leading Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst has today joined Madame Tussauds to celebrate International Women’s Day, 120 years since she co-founded the ground-breaking Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU)
Feminist trailblazer and political activist Emmeline Pankhurst was one of the key figures and orchestrators of the Suffragette movement, instrumental in helping women with their fight to win equal voting rights to men in the UK.
Madame Tussauds, the world-famous waxwork museum on London’s Baker Street, is bringing history back to life this International Women’s Day with a new figure of Emmeline herself.
The figure depicts Emmeline Pankhurst standing on a chair, a stance she often adopted to be elevated above the crowd during her rallying speeches. She is also dressed in the Suffragette movement’s colours of purple and white and her lapel displayed her hunger strike medal, which she was awarded by her party after a two-month hunger strike in prison.
On Emmeline Pankhurst’s figure launch, Tim Waters, General Manager at Madame Tussauds London, said: “Madame Tussauds London was founded more than 200 years ago by another female trailblazer, Marie Tussaud, a definition that also perfectly sums up our newest figure, EmmelinePankhurst.
“This is the second figure that we have created of Emmeline Pankhurst after she was first immortalised in 1908 during the Suffragette movement. With her new figure, we are able to bring history back to life in a way that only Madame Tussauds London can, by giving guests the opportunity to see her in 3D, as though stood amongst the crowd at one of her famous, rousing speeches.”
See a video of Emmeline Pankhurst’s brand new figure at Madame Tussaud’s, below: