Annie Kenny statue

Ann Kenney (13 September 1879 – 9 July 1953) was born in Springhead, Saddleworth, in Oldham, an English working-class suffragette and socialist feminist[1] who became a leading figure in the Women’s Social and Political Union. She co-founded its first branch in London with Minnie Baldock.[2] Kenney attracted the attention of the press and public in 1905 when she and Christabel Pankhurst were imprisoned for several days for assault and obstruction, after questioning Sir Edward Grey at a Liberal rally in Manchester on the issue of votes for women. The incident is credited with inaugurating a new phase in the struggle for women’s suffrage in the UK, with the adoption of militant tactics. Annie had friendships with Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Baroness Pethick-Lawrence, Mary Blathwayt, Clara Codd, Adela Pankhurst and Christabel Pankhurst.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Harvey of ID8 photography and not to be reproduced without permission


In December 2018 a magnificent statue of Annie Kenny was unveiled in a well attended ceremony.

For more on Annie see:-

Annie Kenney – Oldham


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