It's been over a century since her great-grandmother Emmeline stormed parliament.

But on Wednesday Helen Pankhurst labelled parliament an "old boys' club" as she led a very modern lobby of parliament, including grassroots organisation UK Feminista and some of the Olympic opening ceremony suffragettes.

She told the Evening Standard: "You have women MPs speaking about the difficulties of an institution that doesn’t consider women’s rights."


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Emmeline Pankhurst's granddaughter, Helen Pankhurst, led the protest


Kat Banyard, author and founder of UK Feminista, said "it’s about time women were listened to".

"The demand has changed but while there have been massive advances since then we've still got a very long way to go,” she told The Huffington Post UK.

"I think we've seen a massive rolling back of women's equality in the past two years... there has been a resurgence in feminism, a doubling of feminist activists groups, but at the same time we've got increasing threats coming from parliament to hard won rights," she says.


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Campaigners dressed as suffragettes attend the rally organised by UK Feminista


"Too often the issue of women's rights and sexism is left off the agenda and only by us all taking action will we make sure it's put back there and that we see the advances that we so desperately need."

The group were joined by Bpas, the Fawcett Society, the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Women for Refugee Women, Daycare Trust and Object as well as Conservative MP Amber Rudd, Green MP Caroline Lucas and Labour MP Yvette Cooper at the "unique event."


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  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK will congregate in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK will congregate in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK will congregate in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK will congregate in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners dressed as suffragettes attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners, some dressed as suffragettes, attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners dressed as suffragettes attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners dressed as suffragettes attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Dr Helen Pankhurst (R), granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, and her daughter Laura Pankhurst, join campaigners at a rally organised by UK Feminista in Parliament Square to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Hundreds of women from around the UK, some dressed as suffragettes, congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Granddaughter Of Emmeline Pankhurst, Dr Helen Pankhurst Leads A Lobby Of Parliament On The Erosion Of Women's Rights

    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 24: Campaigners dressed as suffragettes attend a rally organised by UK Feminista to call for equal rights for men and women on October 24, 2012 in London, England. Hundreds of women from around the UK congregated in Westminster to attend a rally and lobby their local MPs to demonstrate against any legislation that damages women's rights. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)