Mary on the Green
Calls for a Memorial Sculpture to Mary Wollstonecraft
"Mary Wollstonecraft is long overdue public recogntion... The hypocrisy of the Victorians deprived her of her long overdue honour for far too long" Melvyn Bragg
No substantial memorial to Mary Wollstoncraft exists anywhere in the world. Newington Green Action Group, after local public consultation, has initiated the Mary on the Green fundraising campaign to recognise her achievements by erecting a sculptural memorial to Mary Wollstonecraft on Newington Green. The site is within a Conservation Area and 'In Principle' consent has been granted by Islington Council and Islington Greenspace, who manage the public park and support the campaign.
Our funding target is £200,000, of which we have raised £24,000 so far.
Mary Wollstonecraft was:
The first woman to say in English that women and men should have equal rights. She advocated votes for women 100 years before the suffragettes.
An education pioneer and the first woman to argue for education for girls.
The author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792.
A radical thinker who debated with Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin.
One of the first female war correspondants and travel writers.
The mother of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.
"I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves."
International Womens Day has brought some fresh attention in the press regarding the campaign:
More details about this exciting campaign can be found on the Mary on the Green website http://www.maryonthegreen.org