London’s Parliament Square is currently the home to 11 statues of influential citizens. And all the statues right now have one thing in common – they are all men. But that is about to change.
The women’s rights fighter and suffragette Millicent Fawcett will get a statue in Parliament Square.
And the fierce feminist of the past has some badass women in the present to thank for the recognition. Both J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson, along with many other women, fought to get Fawcett a statue in the prestigious space. And, after thousands of signatures, they’ve finally achieved their goal.
Fawcett was President National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. And, she lead the campaign that helped women achieve the right to vote. So her placement outside Parliament seems perfectly appropriate.
The desire to get a statue for women erected in Parliament Square actually began when activist Caroline Criado-Perez jogged one day through the city. She noticed that every statue she ran by was a man. Because she knew that many powerful women contributed to society, she began actively campaigning to have equal representation in city spaces.
The petition was signed by Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling, and a ton of other powerful women. As a result of their efforts, Fawcett will go on display in the historical city square very soon.
After all that campaigning, a recent press release just confirmed that a statue of Millicent Fawcett would be erected in February 2018.
That date is significant — and exactly what the petitioners asked for. It marks 100 years after some women first won the right to vote.
Fawcett’s statue will be a reminder of that achievement. And, it will also represent the wider achievements of so many influential and brave suffragettes.
Prime Minister Theresa May openly supports the project.
And we totally agree.
We love that Fawcett will (finally) be represented as the cultural influencer she was. And hopefully we’ll start seeing more recognition for powerful women like her in the future – both at home and abroad.