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Statue of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst is being unveiled in her home city of Manchester

A maquette of Hazel Reeves' Rise Up Women Photo: Sue Anders Photography

A statue of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst is being unveiled in her home city of Manchester.

Exactly 100 years since the first women in the UK voted in a general election, it will be the first statue of a woman unveiled in the city since Queen Victoria's in Piccadilly Gardens in 1901.

Emmeline Pankhurst was selected as the public's chosen female icon to be immortalised as a statue from a long list of 20 inspiring Mancunian females.

As well as voting for Emmeline, the public also voted for Hazel Reeves' Rise Up, Women as the winning design from a short list of six maquettes.

The unveiling is the culmination of the Our Emmeline campaign which was launched in 2014 to celebrate the significant contribution of women to Manchester.

Emmeline's great grand-daughter Helen Pankhurst had the vision this should be an occasion that sees people gather from across Greater Manchester to march to meet Our Emmeline.

"Our Emmeline is not only a wonderful tribute to the life and work of Emmeline Pankhurst, but is also an incredible legacy to the suffragette movement and the role of Manchester's women in campaigning for the vote. That she should be unveiled exactly 100 years since the day some women first went to the polls and a few first stood as MPs in a UK election is especially poignant. I hope that Our Emmeline inspires all those who are now helping to continue the ongoing journey towards achieving equality."

– Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst

Supporters will walk from the Pankhurst Centre, the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and the birthplace of the suffragette movement, and also the People's History Museum to watch the unveiling in St Peter's Square at midday.

The statue shows the political campaigner stood on top of a chair to address people gathered to hear her words.

In Hazel Reeves' design, the meeting circle in which she is stood is symbolically orientated towards the former Free Trade Hall, where the first disruptive meetings of the suffragettes took place.

"This will be a coming together of people to celebrate Emmeline and her legacy and to also celebrate the essence of Manchester, as a place of progression, inclusivity and groundbreaking ideas."

– Andrew Simcock, Chair, Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Committee