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Unveiling of Annie Kenney Statue

Students from OAO were at the unveiling of the new Annie Kenney statue in Oldham's town centre after they helped to raise over £400 towards the cost of the memorial. 

Students were inspired to be part of the campaign that seeks to remember Annie, a cotton worker who was instrumental in securing voting rights for women. 

Jim McMahon, MP for Oldham West & Royton and chairman of The Annie Kenney Project, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the students 

of Oasis Academy Oldham for their support. Despite her humble background, Annie wasn’t scared to fight for her beliefs in equality and fairness – we believe that’s a legacy that deserves to be remembered.” 

The five OAO students who were at the unveiling also had the opportunity to meet Maxine Peake, one of Greater Manchester’s most famous actresses. 

Ms Peake said: “Working class women had the biggest sacrifice to make, it can’t have been easy to get involved in politics when you’re working long shifts and supporting your family. 

“But if you want something to change ask someone who’s already struggling because she’s got that resilience and bravery, and fearlessness.”