Millicent Fawcett Arrives in Parliament Square

Today was a momentous day in the story of British democracy as we saw the unveiling of Parliament Square’s first statue of a woman; the suffragist, Dame Millicent Fawcett.

The event was attended by the Prime Minister and the Mayor, as well as swathes of the public, all fortunate to be first to see this beautiful tribute to Dame Millicent’s enduring legacy.

Created by the Turner Prize-winning artist, Gillian Wearing OBE, and tirelessly campaigned for by Caroline Criado Perez, whose efforts also brought Jane Austen to our £10 note, the statue reminds us of Dame Millicent’s 62 year struggle to secure women the right to vote. With the 100 years of women’s suffrage being marked this year, today’s unveiling could not have come at a more appropriate time.   

Such freedoms as those won by Dame Millicent were fought extremely hard for and it is incumbent on us all, as the beneficiaries of her indefatigable work, to carry on the cause for a more just society. It is my hope that this tribute, at the heart of our democracy, will inspire all who see it to do just that.

I am proud to say that I wrote to the Council in support of the campaign to erect the statue of Dame Millicent last July and would, of course, encourage everyone to visit this remarkable tribute in the summer months ahead.

You can read the Prime Minister’s thoughts on Dame Millicent and women’s equality here, and see my letter to the Council below.

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