First female statue unveiled in Parliament Square

Signal of change / First female statue unveiled in Parliament Square

By Ella-Louise Micallef / 25 Apr 2018

A statue of the suffragist campaigner Millicent Fawcett has been unveiled in Parliament Square. It was created by Turner prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing, and depicts the suffragette at age 50, the age she became president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. It is the product of a two year campaign by feminist Caroline Criado Perez, who went for a run through Parliament Square on International Women’s Day and noticed that all of the statues were men.

The statue joins the 11 others in Parliament Square, all of which are men.

So what?

With women drastically underrepresented in the nation’s statues, the figure of Millicent Fawcett is a welcome addition to this iconic location. The lack of gender equality is still ever-present in modern day Britain, from societal bias to the gender pay gap. The presence of the suffragette campaigner is being hailed as a small step towards a more equitable society, though there is still a long way to go.


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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