“I have a voice and I will use it!” is the mantra of Alice Hawkins, mother of six, shoe machinist, equal rights activist and suffragette. Alice joined the band of many women in the fight for their right to vote. Arrested five times, served time in Holloway and Leicester. She rubbed shoulders with the Pankhurst’s and in 1907 set up the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Leicester.
2018 marks 100 years since women were granted the right to vote. Alice Hawkins was a Leicester resident who lived and worked in the Westcotes area and campaigned tirelessly for equality and justice in equal measure. She was a prominent figure who spoke at meetings in public places at home, in the midlands and nationally, cycling from factory gate to factory gate, to the market place and to the village green, recruiting women and girls to sign up to the WSPU.
The Fosse Singers, The Red Leicester Choir and DMU Square Mile Choir join Alice on stage helping to bring this very important story to life!
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