Some of the results of moves to honour women with civic statues; some positive examples to inspire future efforts.
Edith Cavel - Result
Sir George Frampton, R.A., P.R.B.S. (1860-1928)
March 20, 1920
St Martin's Place, London WC2
Committee including the Mayor of London
A British World War 2 nurse from Norfolk. In addition to nursing soldiers from both sides without distinction, she assisted some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium and was executed by the Nazis. The inscription reads: "Edith Cavell // Brussels // Dawn // October 12th 1915 // Patriotism is not enough // I must have no hatred or // bitterness for anyone."
Women of Steel - Result
June 17, 2016
Barkers Pool, Sheffield
A public appeal has raised over £160,000 for a stunning bronze statue to be unveiled as a permanent memorial to the Women of Steel in Barker's Pool in the city centre.
Above photo from @ShefACSE on Twitter.
The statue is designed by sculptor Martin Jennings who worked closely with a group of Women of Steel to come up with the design.
Ada Salter - Result
Nov. 30, 2014
Rotherhithe, London SE16
For many years there had been a statue of Dr Alfred Salter MP in this locality but after it was stolen by metal-thieves in 2011 it emerged that the career of his wife, Ada Salter, had probably been as important, if not more important, than his. The Salter Statues Campaign was therefore launched to raise funds for two statues, to be commissioned by the artist, Diane Gorvin. Over 2011-14 Southwark Council match-funded whatever the campaigners raised until they finally reached their target of £120,000. Ada's statue was only the 15th public statue of a woman in London, compared to hundreds of statues of men. It was the first public statue in London of an elected woman politician, the first of a 'green' environmentalist, the first of a woman trade unionist and the first of a Quaker woman. Research into her life showed that she was indeed a remarkable woman. A biography of her was published in 2016 - Ada Salter, Pioneer of Ethical Socialism by Graham Taylor - and this described how, despite Ada's national and international importance, she had been rendered invisible for 72 years by a mixture of overt prejudice and institutional bias.
Catherine Booth - Result
Champion Park, Camberwell, London SE5
Affectionally remembered as " the Army Mother " she was a successful speaker who won many converts... and changed the attitude to female ministry ( previously frowned upon ), leading to it being approved of by The Salvation Army and a statement regarding sexual equality in ministry being published in The Salvation Army’s Orders and Regulations. For many Salvationists Catherine’s legacy is this success in advancing an expanded public role for women in Church life. Catherine is also celebrated for her commitment to social reform. She is known for her advocacy of better conditions and pay for women workers in London’s sweated labour, notably in the match making industry.
Cylla Black - Result
Jan. 16, 2017
Black's sons Robert, Ben and Jack Willis,
The bronze statue depicting a young Cilla was erected outside the spot were the famous Cavern Club used to be, and commissioned by her sons Robert, Ben, and Jack as donation to the city in memory of their mother.
Gracie Fields - Result
The Butts Rochdale
Rochdale Rotary clubs
This popular local campaign for internationally famous singer Gracie Fields, described as " the Madonna of her day " was run by the 2 Rotary Clubs raised £40,000 from Grantscape. Started in July 2014 the statue was erected in September 2016.
Emmeline Pankhust - Result
Luther George Walker
outside Houses of Parliament London
One of the leaders of the Suffragette movement who won the first right to vote for some women. Made in 1930 but moved to present location in 1958.
A Real Family - Result
Oct. 30, 2014
Birmingham City Library
Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council, Ikon
The sculpture celebrates A Real Birmingham Family. Situated outside the city’s library, it honours what curator Stuart Tulloch calls the “everyday and unsung”. The image of the prosaic-sounding Joneses presents a family that is two single mothers, one heavily pregnant, proudly striding forward, holding on to their sons. It is an emotive and commanding work of art and has caused some controversy because it does not include a father. This is, of course the everyday reality for many families in the UK and this civic statue acknowledges and celebrates the integrity of the non-traditional family group.
Joan Littlewood - Result
Oct. 6, 2015
Theatre Royal Stratford East Newham
Theatre Royal Stratford East
Joan Maud Littlewood (1914 - 2002) was an English theatre director, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and is best known for her work in developing the Theatre Workshop. She has been called "The Mother of Modern Theatre".Her production of Oh, What a Lovely War! in 1963 was one of her most influential pieces.Littlewood and her company lived and slept in the Theatre Royal while it was restored.
Sister Dora - Result
Francis John Williamson
April 5, 1886
the People of Walsall
Sister Dora was a 19th-century Anglican nun and a nurse in Walsall, West Midlands.She dedicated her life to nursing, including a smallpox epidemic. In 1886 the people of Walsall paid to have a statue of Dora erected, of which they are all still immensely proud. 40,000 people were there for the unveiling and in the 1950's people paid again to replace the statue with a new bronze copy, because the original marble statue had deteriorated. From time to time you will even find Dora wearing a red scarf, if Walsall FC are having a good run. She is a Walsall icon."
Noor Inayat Khan - Result
Gordon Square London WC1
Campaigners spent years raising £60,000 for Noor’s statue from public donations.
In November 2012, seven decades after her death aged 30, a statue to the forgotten heroine was unveiled in London by the Princess Royal.The bronze bust commemorates Britain’s only female Muslim war heroine and is the first stand-alone memorial to an Asian woman in the UK.Noor Inayat Khan was part of an elite band of women in the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the first woman radio operator to be flown into occupied France to aid the Resistance. Princess Anne said stories such as Noor’s are ‘remarkable in their own right’ but have a real connection to make with the modern age through their ‘multi-cultural aspect’.
Photo David Parker
Pocahontas - Result
Pocahontas is said to have saved the life of the colony leader of Jamestown colony in North America , Capt John Smith, by pleading with her people to spare him. She later converted to Christianity, married another settler and became Rebecca Rolfe.
Her story was learned by generations of schoolchildren as a tale of simple heroism and was made into a successful Disney animated movie. But more recently it has been interpreted as an example of the disastrous encounters between her people and the colonisers.
Pocahontas was mortally ill when she was taken ashore at Gravesend after a propaganda tour to England to raise money for the struggling colony. She may have died of tuberculosis, or another western disease such as flu to which her people had no immunity, and she was probably only 23.
The Grade II-listed statue of Pocahontas in Gravesend, Kent, is having its status updated 400 years after she died on English soil.
Pocahontas statue in Gravesend relisted 400 years after her ...
www.theguardian.com › Arts › Heritage
Violette Szabo - Result
London SE1, Albert Embankment, South Bank
Public Memorials Appeal, Patron - His Grace the Duke of Wellington KG, Trustees - Ivan Saxton (Founder) Lady Barbirolli OBE Michael Kennedy CBE Ian Davidson (Hon. Sec.)
Violette was a member of the Special Operations Executive, one of 407 operatives sent on sabotage missions to Nazi occupied France during the war to fight with the French Resistance known as the Maquis. She was one of the 117 SOE agents who did not survive and was posthumously awarded the George Cross and the Crois de Guerre.
Bronze Woman - Result
Ian Walters & Aleix Barbat
Oct. 8, 2017
Stockwell Memorial Garden, south London.
Ms Nobrega / Tanzeem Ahmed from Olmec
The Bronze Woman is many things – she is the first public monument of a black woman in England, a symbol of the contribution of Caribbean, and indeed all, women to society and proof that people who have the courage to pursue their dreams can inspire others to great achievements. The Bronze Woman Monument was revealed in South London’s Stockwell Memorial Garden on October 8, 2008. (view BBC footage, view photo gallery)
The Bronze Woman sculpture of an African-Caribbean woman holding aloft a child was created to celebrate the contribution of the Afro-Caribbean community to the Capital, on the 200th anniversary of the end of the transatlantic slave trade in 2008.
The Bronze Woman sculpture was supported to fruition by the Bronze Woman committee and Olmec, a race equality organisation, following Cecile Nobrega’s ten-year quest to see this project through.
Internationally renowned sculptor Ian Walters was commissioned to handle the project in 2005 before the completion of his statue of Nelson Mandela which now stands in Parliament Square. Walters completed a two foot high maquette of The Bronze Woman before he died in 2006. Aleix Barbat, graduate of Heatherley’s School of Fine Art completed the sculpture in 2008.
“I believe it is important not only for the black community, but for all the people of the United Kingdom to acknowledge the past and the values we share; and to acknowledge how much we owe each other. The Caribbean – its past, present and future – is a subject very close to my own heart and I was delighted to be part of this tremendous celebration”.Baroness Scotland QC
The Attorney General, October 2008
Result. Amy Johnson. No longer a - Work In Progress
Result; a statue in Herne Bay to Amy Johnson and another in Hull.
On 5 January 1941, British record breaking aviatrix Amy Johnson died serving her country off the shores of Herne Bay, Kent, England.
Inspiring - building on Amy’s legacy to inspire the next generation to consider a career in aviation and engineering, follow their dreams and “believe nothing to be impossible” (Amy Johnson, 1936).
Alice Hawkins - Work In Progress
The Alice Hawkins Legacy Group, in partnership with Leicester City Council, commissioned a public artwork to mark the life and achievements of Alice Hawkins, a local suffragette.
“to see the first statue of a real, named woman erected in Leicester city centre”
Alice was a figurehead in Leicester for the Suffragette movement, and we want to celebrate her life and legacy (and the lives and legacies of those like her) within the wider project to redevelop Leicester’s market and environs.
Sylvia Pankhurst - Work In Progress
The TUC and City of London Corporation are to launch a joint campaign to erect a statue on Clerkenwell Green in Islington in time for the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which first gave the vote to some women.
A bronze model of the statue has already been made by the late sculptor Ian Walters, who was also responsible for the statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square.
Edith Cavell - Work In Progress
She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during the First World War