A WOMAN who helped awaken the suffragette movement could have a plaque erected in her name.

Members of Hyndburn Labour Women’s Forum have announced they are looking for funding to recognise the life of Lydia Ernestine Becker.

Ms Becker, of Altham, was born in 1827. She is regarded as the woman who inspired Emmeline Pankhurst to dedicate her life to suffrage. Ms Becker spent much of her own life touring the country campaigning for women.

Co-founder of the Women’s Forum, Kimberley Whitehead said: “To celebrate international women’s day and 100 years of women having the right to vote we are looking to erect a plaque to commemorate the fascinating and incredible achievements of Altham local, Lydia Becker.”

Another co-founder Joan Smith said: “Here in Hyndburn it is fitting that we can tell the story of one of Lydia – who spent the formative years of her life in Altham.”