The Speaker
Saturday, 18 May 2024 – 12:07

First statue of a woman to be unveiled in Parliament Square

Parliament Square will unveil its first ever statue of a woman later today. A sculpture of suffragist campaigner Millicent Fawcett will be unveiled at a public ceremony at 11am, to be attended by many political figures including Theresa May and Sadiq Khan as well as campaigners.

The website of the London Mayor says “The Mayor will be attending the unveiling with other guests including Caroline Criado Perez, whose petition to get the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square was signed by almost 85,000 people along with journalist Mishal Husain, Helen McCrory and poet Theresa Lola.”

“This year marks a century since the start of women’s suffrage in the UK – one of our country’s most pivotal moments – and our mission now is to ensure that we can begin the centenary celebrations with the unveiling of this landmark piece.”

The statue has been created by a woman artist, Gillian Wearing OBE. 


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