Andrew Simcock, Chair of the Emmeline Pankhurst Statue Campaign, says, "I am delighted for Hazel. Since first meeting her eighteen months ago she has impressed me with her passion for women's rights and gender equality, her enthusiasm for the project and her willingness to engage in the broader educational opportunities that this project will unlock.
“I am really looking forward to working with Hazel as we now turn our attention towards the next stage of the project; raising the money required for the creation of the statue.”
Hazel Reeves says, “I feel incredibly privileged to be selected to sculpt my hero, and Manchester’s hero, Emmeline Pankhurst. There was tough competition. The response to my design has been overwhelming; Emmeline as the courageous, determined and dignified activist. In 2019 she will be back on Manchester’s streets, continuing to inspire women to rise up and demand their rights.