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Women Standing Up for Women
Aug. 3, 2018
Across the political divide women are standing up for women. Here are some excerpts from an article by JO SWINSON FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY in March this year, a Liberal Democrat advocating for a statue of Conservative Margaret Thatcher. She said " If we want gender equality, we have to fight for space for women we vigorously disagree with, as well as those we support."
"Thanks to public campaigns such as ‘Plinths for Women’, a statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett will rightly be unveiled ( in Parliament Square ). While Queen Victoria boosts the numbers of women statues, and unnamed nude women are not hard to find, data suggests fewer than 1 in 30 statues in the UK depicts a real woman from history, who wasn’t in the royal family. So it was disappointing to see Westminster Council .. turn down an application for a statue of Margaret Thatcher in Parliament Square. Maybe they think one out of twelve is enough, that they’ve ticked the woman box with the addition of Millicent Fawcett?"
"Apparently one of the reasons given for refusal was the state robes Thatcher would have been wearing. Even in death, it seems there are no limits to how society judges women by how they look and what they wear."