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Write to your heroine and correct the balance of history, in new Manchester-based letter-writing project.
“Dear Friend” is a letter-writing project celebrating women in public life and struggles for liberation. They invite everyone to write a letter or postcard to a woman – living or dead – who has had an influence on their lives. Letters will be digitised, transcribed, and displayed on their website; they also aim to put on an exhibition later this year.
The project has been set up by Manchester resident Sylvia Kölling. She said: “The idea is to democratise history by letting participants tell us who matters to them, in a simple and engaging way. The project aims to raise the profile of not just famous women, but women who have made a huge difference in a community but never been considered worthy of having their story told. The idea was born last summer and it was in part related to the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst being selected to be put up in Manchester. I thought, why can’t we celebrate more women, why can we only have one, and why do we only generally only celebrate women activists who fight for women’s rights?”
Dear Friend is being hosted at the People’s History Museum in Manchester city centre. Engagement & Events Officer Catherine O’Donnell said: “Dear Friend is a great project that will help raise the profile of countless women written out of the history of many movements for social change.”