As the Guardian‘s Hatty Collier reported last week, Manchester is set to get its first statue of a woman since Queen Victoria, following a unanimous vote from councillors who said they were appalled that the “widow of Windsor” is the city’s only female sculpture.
There are currently 16 statues in the city, 15 of which are men. Following the council’s decision, the public will get to vote on who to honour in bronze. The subjects of two Pluto Revolutionary Lives biographies – suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst, and Jarrow March organiser and Labour minister for Education, Ellen Wilkinson – are on the shortlist along with other famous female Mancunians.
Click on the cover images below to find out more about both of these great women.