Green light for 10ft Mary memorial

Funding for statue of 18th-century feminist reaches its target

Friday, 11th October 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Mary Woolstonecraft

A statue of Mary Wollstonecraft is planned for Newington Green

A TEN-YEAR mission to erect a statue of the 18th-century feminist Mary Wollstonecraft has reached its funding target.

Organisers of the Mary on the Green campaign – the statue is planned for Newington Green – said they had got over the line after a £30,000 donation from finance investment group BlackRock.

The campaign also received £15,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery in August.

Mary on the Green campaign chairwoman Bee Rowlatt, who has written a biography of Wollstonecraft, said: “Newington Green is where some of Wollstonecraft’s boldest and most world-changing ideas took shape.”

Detail of the statue

Ms Rowlatt added: “This has always been a local initiative, and we can’t wait to see the memorial artwork stand in the heart of the community, inspiring all those who walk by.”

Wollstonecraft wrote the groundbreaking A Vindication of the Rights of Women which set out a vision of women being treated equally to men. She attended services at the Newington Green Meeting House and set up a school for women’s education, now Newington Green School.

A 10ft statue designed by artist Maggi Hambling was selected by the group.

“There is no date yet but it will hopefully be up in the next six months,” said Ms Rowlatt.

“We want this to be a living memorial that sparks discussion.”

Currently, only one in ten statues in London is of a woman.

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