Artist: Hannah Stewart
More than a century after the first women’s football match and 110 statues of male players, the first public sculpture of a female footballer was unveiled outside of the National Football Museum in Manchester in June 2019. Lily Parr scored over 980 goals in her extraordinary 32-year career and was the first woman to feature in the museum’s Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
The sculpture was created by Hannah Stewart who depicts Parr as iconic and pioneering, kicking with her powerful left foot which she was well-known for. Aside from being considered a pioneer of women's football, Parr is also currently considered an LGBT icon, since she lived with her partner, Mary, until she died of breast cancer in 1978.