Manchester to have first statue of a woman since Queen Victoria – Sylvia Pankhurst and Ellen Wilkinson shortlisted

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.

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One thought on “Manchester to have first statue of a woman since Queen Victoria – Sylvia Pankhurst and Ellen Wilkinson shortlisted

  1. To be fair I didn’t think they’d built any of those sort of statues for a hundred years. The only modern ones I know of are Alan Turing, LS Lowry (which is in a pub), and Frank Sidebottom (not the city centre though) with the latter at least by public subscription. Although then isn’t that how some of the “older” statues were paid for in the first place?

    I would be interested to know what the list of sixteen are. The Abraham Lincoln one –which is surprisingly relevant to Manchester – took me years to find where it’s hidden away, although the Victoria is definitely one of the most memorable and a pigeon favourite.

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