Put Mary on the Green

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:

  • mary b&wAuthor 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

mwMotion for union branches and associations

This Association supports the campaign to put a statue of Mary Wollstonecraft on Newington Green, London. The Mary on the Green campaign is part of Newington Green Action Group. Mary Wollstonecraft has no significant memorial to her anywhere. She advocated votes for women 100 years before the suffragettes. She was an educational pioneer and the first woman to publicly  argue for education for girls. Aged 24, she set up a girls’ school in Newington Green. After publishing books on girls’ education and civil rights, she wrote ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ (1792) demanding ‘Justice for one half of the human race’. She is now known as the ‘Mother of Feminism’. She was a radical thinker who debated with Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin. One of the first female war correspondants and travel writers, she had a commitment to broader human rights and opposed the slave trade. She is the originator of the campaign for equality of access to education and the right to schooling. The Association agrees to give £100 to Mary on the Green. 
For more information contact  info@maryonthegreen.org
Susie Burrows is Joint Equalities Officer of Hackney NUT
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