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Making Great Strides

March 8, 2021

 Design for Mary Anning statue

International Women's Day brings us this great image of paleantologist Mary Anning striding forward -  covered in the Page 3 Profile of the i newspaper and in the Express and Star (link below) -  epitomising the progress of both this campaign for a statue of her in Lymne Regis, and of other campaigns for statues of women around the country. The Mary Anning Rocks campaign recently reached their funding goal.

Virginia Woolf, on a bench of her own..

All this is all in a terrible time of pandemic when we could all be forgiven for letting our attention be elsewhere. But this has really not been the case, proving again that the memory of these women and their acievements is actually of real importance to us all. What we leave for future generations does matter.  This figure of the renowned author Virginia Woolf is, fittingly, on 'a bench of her own' echoing her concept of a woman needing 'a room of her own" in order to be able to work. Laury Dizengremel, the sculptor of Virginia told the Express and Star that the drive for more female statues, “is not about excluding men: It’s about just recognising that there’s a long way to go still on gender equality.”

Three more sculptures by Christine Charlesworth are almost ready as well, to help the steady progress towards that equality.

 Dame Ethel Smythe, Woking Borough Council

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth was one of the rare breed who attained prominence as one of the most accomplished female composers in a male dominated environment, and as one of the main representatives of the suffragette movement. Her statue has been comissioned by Woking Borough Council, to be unveiled later in the year, once choral singing is be permitted again.

Emily Willding Davidson Suffragette

Emily had defied the odds in a male-dominated society, by graduating with both a a BA at London University and a first class honours degree at Oxford University. She became an activist who was a martyr to the cause of women's suffrage; killed when she ran in front of King George V’s horse in the 1913 Derby. Her statue will stand in the town centre of Epsom, home of the racecourse, to be unveiled in June.

Greta Thunberg, Winchester University

And just to bring us right up to date, this is a glimpse of the maquette for the statue that Winchester Universlty has commissioned of climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg, due to be unveiled in late March. The work will be known as "Make a Difference"; an inspiration for students of for decades to come.