Glasgow is home to more than 20 museums and art galleries, and is voted on of the friendliest cities in the world. Being Scotland’s biggest city, it is a stylish mix of arts, culture and unique Celtic charm. It is also home to Scotland’s only dedicated women’s library.
CURRENTLY IN THE UK THERE ARE 828 STATUES AND 21% ARE WOMEN
Current Statues of Women in Glasgow
Mary Barbour (1875-1958) was a Scottish political activist, local councillor, bailie and magistrate. She led the strikes in the city in 1915 after property owners raised rent for workers, thousands of whom had flocked to Glasgow to work in munitions factories and shipyards. The protests forced a change in the law with the introduction of the Rent Restrictions Act. A sculpture of Mary by Andrew Brown was unveiled in Govan on 8 March 2018 to mark International Women’s Day. The sculpture shows her leading rent strikers, capturing the remarkable events of November 1915. Andrew Brown wanted to help keep the story of her achievements alive and act as an inspiration to future generations to take action against housing injustice in their communities.