25 New Statues Of Women Are Coming To The UK – But There’s A Catch

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by Katie Rosseinsky |
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Of the 925 public statues in the United Kingdom, just 158 (17 percent) are women. Fewer still – just 26 – show women who aren’t mythical characters (such as, for example, the allegorical figure of Lady Justice which sits atop of the Old Bailey) or royal. In fact, there are more statues of men called John, and more statues of goats, than there are of women who actually existed, but weren’t members of the royal family. Clearly, there’s a major gender imbalance at play here, and one that the Put Her Forward campaign has been seeking to redress.

Launched earlier this year by experiential art group Non Zero One in collaboration with the National Trust’s Heritage Open Days, the project aims to double the number of statues of non-mythical, non-royal women in the UK, by creating statues that ‘recognise living women who have done remarkable things to positively impact the people around them.’ The campaign has now won the support of MPs, and has today asked the public to nominate a living woman who they think deserves to have her own statue. Should said woman want to participate, she’ll then be 3D scanned and 3D printed to make a photo-real sandstone figure. Each of the 25 new statues will be unveiled across the country during the Heritage Open Days weekends, which will this year take place between 6th to 9th and 13th to 16th September.

The scheme is, of course, one to be lauded, but there’s just one (literally) tiny sticking point. The figures won’t be full scale models like the ones that tower in Parliament Square – they’ll actually be a little shorter than an Oscar statuette. Given that an Academy Award trophy measures about 34 centimetres, these new figures will probably be a similar size to the full-length ruler you used to cart around in your school pencil case, or a standard size magazine (such as, say, a copy of Grazia…) However, when the disparities are so glaring, any step forward is surely a positive one, and we'll be waiting with interest to see which inspiring women make the cut...

Just for reference purposes, here are some things that are the same size as the new statues...


Things That Are 30cm - Grazia

magazine1 of 4

A copy of Grazia

macbook air2 of 4

A MacBook Air

bottle3 of 4

A 70cl bottle of St Germain

ruler 30cm4 of 4

This very cute Paperchase ruler

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'A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.'

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'Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, "I'm possible!"'

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'A feminist to me is somebody that wishes to protect the integrity of women who are ambitious. A feminist in my opinion is somebody that regards that women have a strong intelligence and wisdom. That we are just as great as men — and some of us can be even better.'

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'We need to stop telling girls they can be anything they want when they grow up. Because it would have never occurred to them that they couldn't.'

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'Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.'

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'You don't have to be pretty. You don't owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don't owe it to your mother, you don't owe it to you children, you don't owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked "female".'

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'There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish, whether that's in politics or other fields.'

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'The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.'

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'If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed.'

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Gloria Steinem

'A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.'

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'I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you, young girls, on a beautiful journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.'

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'A man told me that for a woman, I was very opinionated. I said, "For a man, you're kind of ignorant."'

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'Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women.'

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'I raise up my voice – not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.'

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