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Reality Check: How many British statues are of women?



  Millicent Fawcett statue

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Millicent Fawcett campaigned for women's suffrage, and now she has a statue in Parliament Square that commemorates her and her accomplishments. But the suffragis sisters are nymphs rather than intellectuals.

The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) is a volunteer charitable organization that has been recording public sculptures in the UK for three decades, although its database is not an exhaustive list of all the statues in the country.

Of the 828 statues that were recorded, 1

74 of them were female – about one in five.

But that does not tell the whole story.

Considering only named women and not nameless female characters, the number drops to 80.

In contrast, of 534 statues of men, 422 are named.

Taking headless woman (Nymph), woman dressing, or one of four caryatids from the equation, even among the 80 female characters with the name 15, are allegorical, mythical, or otherwise invented.

Fictional women

And 38 of them are royal. Queen Victoria is the most frequented woman.

In total, there were 66 allegorical or fictional female statues compared to 16 fictional men.

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And these fictitious men were more likely to be soldiers on war memorials, while many female figures were nudes and acts.

There were 65 male politicians registered by the PMSA in public spaces in the UK, and no female politicians.

Moving in the right direction?

There were other statues depicting women besides men, but almost all of them are allegorical or generic images rather than honoring a particular woman for her accomplishments.

As the new statue of Millicent Fawcett suggests, there is a movement in the right direction.

A PMSA spokesperson said, "It is important to consider the fact that it has been significant in the last few years. Further statues of women have emerged, many of which are not yet included in our database.

" In Westminster currently has over 300 statues and monuments. In 2005, there were 163 figural sculptures in central London, which will now be more than 300.

Charity plans to produce accurate statistics for the actual number of women statues in the UK by 2020. [19659024] Another way to appreciate individuals' contribution to society is the London Blue Plaques Scheme by English Heritage

This also shows an imbalance between the sexes with only 127 of the 931 plaques for women.

Since the program is based on public nominations, there is a greater chance of influencing who will be rewarded and the charity has been interested

In 2016, English Heritage published an appeal claiming more nominations from notable female historians accounted for more than 50% of blue plaques shortlisted by the jury.

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