Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–97) was a pioneering figure in the fight for women’s equality. So why no statue?
She was a remarkable woman: a devoted friend and sister, a traveller, a single mother, a philosopher and a writer. She had groundbreaking ideas about the future of women’s rights, why changes would be better for both sexes, and crucially, she openly criticised the double standards that cut society in two.
She was not a superhero – she was a living, breathing woman with all the insecurities and sufferings that brings. But, despite facing public attack and personal adversity she would not be silenced, or be steered from a path she knew would lead to a more equal future. This is why she deserves to be celebrated.
For more information, please visit the campaign website here: www.maryonthegreen.org
If you want to learn more about Mary and her groundbreaking writing I recommend this introduction from the British Library