Location: Market Square, Leicester
Artist: Sean Hedges-Quinn
Born in 1863, Alice Hawkins lived most of her life in Leicester. Alice was determined to have an equal say in the democracy of the day and was imprisoned five times in all in her struggle. The statue was unveiled on 4 February 2018, in a ceremony attended by thousands of people, including some of Hawkins’ descendants.
The 7-foot tall bronze statue was created by sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn and stands on a 4-foot granite plinth near to the spot Hawkins would have stood when she addressed the public on the topic of women’s suffrage. The sculptor portrays Hawkins speaking and gesturing with her right arm raised and reinforces the message that some things are well worth fighting for and equality is one of them.