Leeds Salon is showing a documentary by the charity WORLDwrite about suffragette and revolutionary Sylvia Pankhurst, followed by a short discussion of the film.
In feature length essay form, Sylvia Pankhurst, Everything is Possible traces Sylvia Pankhurst’s ideas, campaigns and political life. Researched and filmed by over 100 volunteers, the film is packed with facts from primary sources, rare images from museums and archives, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia’s son Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita.
Sylvia was imprisoned more than any other suffragette for her tireless campaigning and unlike her mother Emmeline and sister Christabel, who dropped the fight for votes for women to support the war effort, Sylvia refused to sacrifice the fight for universal suffrage until it was won. Her opposition to the war and her internationalism were and remain exemplary and her bravery in fighting for equality and opposing all misanthropic trends puts her, as one interviewee says, “up there with the angels”.