Since International Women’s Day 2016 the campaign inVISIBLEwomen started by Terri Bell Halliwell in the UK is calling for more plinths for women in the UK. And this is not before time, given that the 85% of civic statues that are of men and arguably form the UK’s oldest subliminal ad-campaign for the patriarchy.
Terri Bell-Halliwell writes about the latest progress:
Now one and a half years later aviator Amy Johnson’s words “believe nothing to be impossible” begin to ring true; we are witnessing a change in attitudes to civic statues.
There is a quiet, persistent power in a civic statue.
…a catalyst for gender equality in civic statues in the UK
The inVISIBLEwomen website launched in March 2016 at the Women of the World Festival on the Southbank in London, UK. Shockingly, only an estimated 15% of civic statues in the UK honour women so the site invites you to take part in building a statistical picture of the situation nationally. Successful campaigning methods are highlighted and successes, both past and present are celebrated with an eye on the possibilities for the future.
To paraphrase our suffragette sisters in their struggle for votes for women, it is time for more PLINTHS FOR WOMEN!