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Votes for Women! Add your suggestions of both individual women and women's groups and causes that you would like to see honoured in civic statues and monuments.

It is the aim of this site to bring about gender equality in civic statues so this list will have many names of individual women worthy of public honour.

However, given 2000 years of patriarchy it has been phenomenally difficult for women to break out of or through the many glass ceilings, restrictive corsets, tight skirts, social 'norms', crippling footwear, educational bias, financial inequality endlessly concocted to keep women 'in their place' making it astonishing that any ever did find the strength to achieve.

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If that sounds like some historical perspective we have only to look at the gender pay gap to reminder ourselves that there is still a long way to go.

Heels - The Wrap Daily Mail

Images above from The Wrap, Daily Mail

It seems fitting then, that we balance out that inequality induced by patriarchy's grip on female achievement by including women's groups, organisations and attributes on this list. There are some civic monuments to men's groups, mainly military, so this is not entirely unequal. In fact, given women's power to act cooperatively, any group monument actively highlights the great good that comes from working together.

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You can nominate up to 10 women, groups or causes.

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Individual Women

Nominations
Mary Wollstonecraft - Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, the first book in English arguing for the equality of women and men.

8

Barbara Jane Harrison GC - (1945 – 1968), typically known as Jane Harrison, was a British air stewardess. She is one of four women to have been awarded the George Cross for heroism, and is the only woman to be awarded the medal for gallantry in peacetime.

5

Baroness Angela Burdett Coutts

4

Jo Cox - Labour MP who died after being shot and stabbed in 2016. She was attacked before holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. "Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life"

3

Rosalind Franklin

3

Barbara Harmer - 1953 – 2011 was the first qualified female Concorde pilot.

3

Eleanor Rathbone

2

Josephine Butler - 1828 – 1906 One of the most revolutionary social reformers of the nineteenth century. She challenged the inconsistent and hypocritical standards of her time which unjustly disadvantaged women and she campaigned against the sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and children.

2

Emily Wilding Davison

2

Anne Knight

2

Mary Seacole

2

Aethelflaed - Queen of Mercia

2

Caroline Lucas

2

Sylvia Pankhurst

2

Jane Austen

2

J K Rowling

2

Victoria Wood - 1953 – 2016 Comedian, actress, singer and songwriter, screenwriter and director."She gave inspiration to other women because she wasn't having to be sexy and rude, although she was all of those things. She was just brilliant."

2

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

2

Millicent Fawcett

2

Bronte Sisters - Anne,(1820 –1849) Emily, (1818–1848)and Charlotte Bronte (1816 – 1855) were a nineteenth-century literary family. They originally published their poems and novels under male pseudonyms and wrote works that were controversial at the time but later accepted as masterpieces of literature.

2

Mary Macarthur

2

Ada Lovelace - Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron 1815 –1852) was an English mathematician and writer, Her work includes what is recognised as the first algorithm and so she is often regarded as the first computer programmer.

2

Odette Hallowes - Odette Sansom Hallowes GC, MBE ( 1912 – 1995), aka Odette Sansom / Odette Churchill, an Allied intelligence officer during World War II. Her wartime exploits and endurance of a brutal interrogation and imprisonment made her the first woman to be awarded both the George Cross & la Légion d'Honneur

2

Edith New - 1877 - 1951 A militant suffragette. In an attempt to create a diversion that would allow fellow suffragette Flora Drummond to break in and disrupt a cabinet meeting , Edith and Olivia Smith chained themselves to the railings outside 10 Downing Street shouting "votes for women!"

2

Baroness Jane Campbell of Surbiton - Jane Susan Campbell, Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, DBE (1959) Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)2006–08. She also served as Chair of the Disability Committee which lead on the EHRC Disability Programme & the former Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

2

Radcliffe Hall - ( 1880 - 1943, London) English writer whose ground breaking novel The Well of Loneliness (1928) created a scandal and was banned for a time in Britain for its treatment of lesbianism.

1

Mary Tealby - (1801/2–1865), Animal welfare organiser and the founder of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in 1860

1

Mary Quant

1

Virginia Woolf

1

Bridget Riley

1

Dorothea Beale - Dorothea Beale 1831 –1906 A suffragist, educational reformer, author and Principal of the Cheltenham Ladies' College. She shaped her pupils to provide an ‘army’ of teachers, doctors, mothers and wives who turned the tide by example and by excellence.

1

Annie Besant - 19th century activist writer and orator

1

Eleanor Marx

1

Phyliss Pearsall

1

Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire

1

Sue Ryder - Margaret Susan Cheshire, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw and Baroness Cheshire, CMG, OBE (1924 – 2000), best known as Sue Ryder, was a British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, who afterwards led many charitable organisations, notably the charity named in her honour.

1

Mary Webb - Mary Webb (1881 – 1927) was an English romantic novelist and poet of the early 20th century, whose work is set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside.

1

Selina Cooper - Selina Cooper (1864 – 1946) was an English Suffragist and the first woman to represent the Independent Labour Party in 1901 when she was elected as a Poor Law Guardian.

1

Eglantyne Jebb - (1876 – 1928) was a British social reformer and founder of the Save the Children organisation.

1

Nancy Astor - (1879–1965) was the first woman to serve in the British Parliament, where she advocated temperance, women's rights and German appeasement.

1

Annie Kenney - (1879–1953) an English working class suffragette who became a leading figure in the Women's Social and Political Union. She attracted the attention of the press and the public in 1905 when she, and Christabel Pankhurst, were imprisoned for several days for assault and obstruction.

1

Mo Mowlem

1

Louise Arner Boyd

1

Octavia Hill

1

Ann Cleeves - 1954 - Award-winning crime writer

1

Dame Judi Dench - Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA (1934) An English actor and author. Dench, ( seven times oscar nominated ) is one of the most significant British theatre performers, she has also received numerous award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television.

1

Dame Zaha Hadid DBE - 1950 – 2016 an Iraqi-born British architect. The first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, 2004. She received the Stirling Prize in 2010 & 2011. In 2012, created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. 2015, the first woman to be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal.

1

Margaret Pyke

1

Margaret Thatcher - Baroness Thatcher (1925 – 2013) British stateswoman and politician. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, Leader of the Conservative Party 1975 to 1990. The longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and first woman to have held the office.

1

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin - (1900 –1979) was a British–American astronomer and astrophysicist who became acclaimed in her lifetime as the greatest woman astronomer of all time.

1

Female spies in the second world war - Courageous and resourceful women who risked their lives to defend the country

1

Florence Nightingale

1

Emma Cons

1

Grace Kimmins

1

Charlotte Despard

1

Sheila Kitzinger

1

Ellen MacArthur

1

Frida khalo - 1907 - 1954. Artist. Her work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and indigenous traditions, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

1

dorothy hodgkin - Dorothy Mary Hodgkin OM FRS (1910 –1994), A British biochemist who developed protein crystallography, for which she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964

1

Sarah Losh - Sara or Sarah Losh (1785–1853) was an English architect and designer. Her biographer describes her as antiquarian, architect and visionary.

1

Eglantyne Jebb and Dorothy Buxton - Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children, and her sister, Dorothy Buxton, were part of the Fight the Famine movement, 1918 when Britain’s post war blockade left children in cities like Berlin and Vienna starving. This led to the Save the Children Fund, founded in 1919.[

1

Marie Stopes - Marie Charlotte Carmichael Stopes (1880 – 1958) She founded the first birth control clinic in Britain. Her sex manual Married Love (1918) was controversial and influential, and brought the subject of birth control into wide public discourse.

1

Elizabeth Gaskell - Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, (1810 –1865), often referred to as Mrs Gaskell, was an English novelist and short story writer during the Victorian era. Her novels offer a detailed portrait of the lives of many strata of society, including the very poor.

1

Vera Lynn - Dame Vera Margaret Lynn CH DBE ( 1917 ), widely known as "the Forces' Sweetheart", is an English singer, songwriter, and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during the Second World War.

1

Alice Hawkins - 1863 - 1946 Leicester's working class suffragette. Alice lived most of her life in Leicester. A mother of six and shoe machinist by trade, Alice was determined to have an equal say in the democracy of the day and was imprisoned five times in all in her struggle.

1

Val McDermid

1

Caroline Criado-Perez

1

Catherine Marshall

1

Katherine Hughes

1

Margaret Llewelyn Davies

1

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Groups & Causes

Nominations

The Women's Institute

3

Girl Guiding

3

teachers

2

Women's Freedom League

1

Women's Social and Political Union

1

Women's Aid

1

Rape Crisis

1

Women's Equality Party

1

Midwives

1

Womens Liberation Movement

1

Women's Work

1

Women's International League for Peace and Friendship

1