Ms. Criado-Pérez said it was important to represent Fawcett at age 50, when she became the leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, the main suffrage organization in Britain and a largely peaceful movement, unlike the more militant suffragists. 19659002] "I wanted her to be standing there not at all sexualized, but as a statesman," said Ms. Criado-Pérez.
The women celebrated Fawcett's statue, but questioned the amount of change it represented.
"A sea of men, is a woman that represents for all of us," said Electra Bove, a travel agent, leading a gang of Italian high school students around the plaza. "This is just a gesture with no real meaning, it's more of a signal, even so, it's nice."
Britain is not alone yet in problems such as the gender pay gap and sexual harassment. In the last gender equality table of the European Union, Great Britain has practically not progressed in the last decade to reduce inequality in jobs, income, political commitment or education, lagging behind France and the Scandinavian countries.
Still, Eibhlin Savage, who once worked at Holloway Prison, where hundreds of suffrage advocates were imprisoned in the early 20th century, said the Fawcett statue was a powerful reminder of the work he still had to do. to be made. "It just shows how far we have to go," he said. "We can not take our rights for granted, they have not handed us over to a silver plate."
Mrs. Savage and others commented that the women had been largely omitted from the version of the story they had been taught. Roxie Andrew, 29, admitted that she had not heard of Mrs. Fawcett until the statue was discovered. "I just found out about her today," she said, scrolling through her smartphone. "It's quite inspiring and privileged to see this here, to have a strong figure to admire, and I hope it will encourage women to pursue their careers."
There were disagreements over who should have had the honor of being the first woman in the plaza. Some activists argued that Emmeline Pankhurst, who broke away from Ms. Fawcett's organization, created a more militant group, the Social Union and Women's Politics, which was given the initially insulting nickname of the suffragettes, and that is better known today.
arose at the end of the nineteenth century, when parliament extended the franchise to an increasing proportion of men while continuing to deny it to women. The National Union of Female Suffrage Societies, composed mainly of middle-class women, was formed in 1897, eventually becoming the largest suffrage organization with 50,000 members.
Born in 1847, Ms. Fawcett helped found Newnham College, the second university at the University of Cambridge to admit women. He also supported other causes, such as the abolition of the slave trade, and directed an investigation into the British concentration camps in South Africa during the Boer War, camps in which tens of thousands of Afrikaners and black South Africans died of starvation.
Mrs. Fawcett died in 1929, a year after women in Britain won the vote on equal terms with men.
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