Women’s history,and the women who made it, are routinely erased from our curriculum and our society. Susie Burrows calls for support for a campaign to erect a statue to Mary Wollenstonecraft in north London.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) was ‘the mother of feminism’. She lived and set up the first girls’ schools in Newington Green, London. Her other achievements include:
- Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, the first book in English arguing for the equality of women and men
- A pioneering activist for human rights
- Radical thinker who inspired the suffragettes a century later
- First female war correspondent, salaried journalist, early anti-slavery commentator
- Radical thinker influencing Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin
- Early children’s author and advocate for education
- Published books on girls’ education and civil rights
- Mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein
- The Mary on the Green Campaign calls for a memorial sculpture of Mary Wollstonecraft on Newington Green.
There is no significant memorial to her anywhere in the world. Of the 573 public statues of people in UK, only 15% are of women…
Help us to get Mary the recognition she deserves a permanent commemoration to her life and her work.
Download a poster to display here Mary Wollstonecraft