On Friday 12th October 2018 – the day after Emily Wilding Davison’s birthday – there will be a celebration of 21st Century women (and some men) at the Epsom Downs racecourse in the Queen’s stand. This will be sponsored by Peacock & Co Solicitors. a legal firm based at Epsom and Wimbledon.
Ms Kim Peacock, Managing Partner, has said “Peacock & Co Solicitors are proud to be the sponsor for the evening. As a firm based locally in Epsom too, with a majority of female partners and employees, supporting an inspirational woman such as Emily is important to us, recognising the ground-breaking work carried out by Emily and her fellow suffragettes over a hundred years ago which has paved the way for women today.”
The event will play host to Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, Shadow Secretary of State Emily Thornberry, Epsom’s local MP and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and ex Loose Women presenter and now columnist Philippa Kennedy.
After a champagne reception there will be a panel discussion chaired by Philippa Kennedy where the panel (as above) debate questions relating to 21st century suffragettes and how far in the last century we have come?
There will be a two course dinner and then a short performance by Joanne Hartstone from her play That Darling Australian Girl charting the actions of Australian Suffragist Muriel Matters.
This event is a celebration of 21st century inspirational women and men who have achieved greatness in their fields. There will be remarkable people represented from across parliament, television, law, medicine, sports and performing arts. It will be a vibrant and exciting evening that has been organised by Subo Emanuel, GP at the Integrated Care Partnership. Subo is based at Epsom Cottage Hospital where Emily Davison died on 8 th June 1913 and Philippa Bilton, In the Footsteps of Emily. Relative and spokesperson of Emily Wilding Davison.
Both Subo and Philippa are on the Epsom Emily Davison Memorial Project committee to erect a statue of Emily in Epson Market Square in the town centre.