Plans for a monument of Mary Wollstonecraft to stand on Newington Green are gaining momentum, with calls for a memorial to be erected in recognition of Wollstonecraft’s life and association with the area.

A campaign to memorialise the legacy of Mary Wollstonecraft, a writer, philosopher and early women’s rights advocate, has been in the works for a while. But now a petition calling for London Mayor Sadiq Khan to throw his support behind the campaign and the publication of an open later signed by various prominent male figures, including Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, have moved the campaign forward.  

Mary on the Green, the campaign group behind the drive for a memorial to Wollstonecraft on Newington Green, has shortlisted two designs for a public monument.   

A fundraising campaign is underway to raise money for the artwork and to support the work of an educational trust.  

Bee Rowlatt, Chair of Mary on the Green, said: “Mary Wollstonecraft was campaigning for women’s political representation 100 years before the suffragettes. She was also a leading human rights pioneer and the foremother of feminism. Her legacy is gigantic, yet most people don’t even know who she is.” 

Wollstonecraft, a supporter of education for women and a campaigner for justice, and known for her 1792 treatise, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, once set up a school for girls in Newington Green.  

The push to formally recognise Wollstonecraft’s life and legacy with a monument comes at a fitting moment, as 2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law granting the first women the right to vote.   

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Hackney Citizen