Location: Parliament Square, London
Artist: Gillian Wearing
The statue of Millicent Fawcett was unveiled on 24 April 2018 in Parliament Square, London. Born in 1847, she was a pioneering feminist, intellectual and union leader who campaigned for women’s right to vote. The statue was made by the Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing and portrays Fawcett at the age of 50, when she became president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.
The figure holds a banner reading “Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere,’ an extract from a speech she gave in 1920. The names and images of 55 women and 4 men who supported women’s suffrage also appear on the statue’s plinth. Prior to the unveiling, the only statues which stood out were male, but that has changed with the arrival of the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square.