In 2010, artist Charlotte Newson created Women Like You, the first contemporary artwork to celebrate Manchester-born Emmeline Pankhurst.
The photomosaic portrait of the leader of the British suffragette movement is made up of 10,000 individual images of inspiring women – celebrities, mothers, wives, daughters, politicians, scientists – all sent in by members of the public from all corners of the globe.
The original and intricate artwork took Charlotte two years to complete and stands three metres high and 2.5 metres wide.
To make the date of Pankhurst’s birth on 14 July (1858), Charlotte is launching a second ambitious collaborative project. Women Like You has been turned into a virtual birthday card for women to sign or post their image onto, creating a personal and very public birthday message to the woman whose legacy transformed the lives of women in this country. The e-card will be displayed on Charlotte’s website www.charlottenewson.com, featuring the names and photographs of women from all over the world.
In addition to the virtual community birthday card Charlotte has created a range of tools to encourage women to take part in or support the project including:
- A happy birthday e-card for people to download and send on. The card features some of the lesser-known facts about Emmeline’s life – that she had five children in 10 years for example
- A free birthday kit available to download, featuring Emmeline Pankhurst’s biography, unique images taken her home and personal artefacts (including her parlour), memorable quotes, unusual details of her life and some of the personal stories behind the portrait. It also features ideas for how individuals, groups and schools might like to celebrate the birth of the leader of the British suffragette party.
Charlotte commented: “The original Women Like You portrait was a hugely moving labour of love for everyone involved and it created a great community of women who wanted to share their stories with the world. Now, using the internet and social media networks, we’re able to give even more women the opportunity to leave their mark and become part of the Women Like You story with this birthday card tribute to Emmeline Pankhurst.”