Millicent Fawcett to be first woman statue in Parliament Square

The suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett is to be the first woman to be honoured with a statue in Parliament Square, the prime minister has announced. The equal rights campaigner who dedicated her life to getting the women’s vote, will stand alongside Sir Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

Theresa May said Dame Millicent “continues to inspire the battle against the injustices of today”. All 11 statues in the central London square are currently men. The new statue will be funded using the £5m fund announced in this year’s spring Budget to celebrate next year’s centenary of the first British women to get the vote.

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