Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Suffragettes' Mark International Women's Day

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Suffragettes' Mark International Women's Day

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WOMEN dressed as suffragettes took to Chorlton's streets to campaign for a woman's right to cycle safely.

Chorlton was thrown back in time for the Suffragette Ride and Tea Party in honour of International Women's Day, which takes place today.

The tour took in the former home of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. It ended in Alexandra Park, where the original campaigners held many of their rallies. Bikes were used by the Suffragettes as a symbol of freedom. Yet there are now four times more men than women cycling in Greater Manchester. Glynis Francis of Manchester Bike Tours leads tours about the suffragettes in Manchester.

Glynis said: "Today, women still love the freedom of the bicycle but our roads can feel dangerous to some. …

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