Statue of Suffragette Alice Hawkins revealed in New Market Square

By Ollie Churmdownload

The fabulous statue of suffragette Alice Hawkins was finally revealed on Sunday (4th February) in New Market Square in Leicester, to mark 100 years since the first women gained the vote.

The bronze 7ft statue is a symbol of appreciation to Alice Hawkins who spent the majority of her life campaigning throughout Leicester to gain women the right to vote and to have equality in the workplace.

She regularly spoke out and campaigned on these topics and was a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) which was the leading militant organisation campaigning for Women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom.

Matt, a member of the University of Leicester Feminist Society spoke of how important it is to have the commemorative statue in Leicester.

He said: “I think the Hawkins statue is especially significant as she was a workplace organiser as well as a WSPU campaigner and working-class organisation is poorly commemorated in general never mind in regards to women’s suffrage.”

Among those who spoke at the unveiling was Peter Barratt, Alice’s great grandson, who said he was extremely proud of his great grandmother, the woman who contributed so much to the suffragette movement, standing up for women’s rights and regularly addressing Leicester crowds in her battle to win equality for women.

After a long fight for equality for women, Alice passed away in 1946, aged 83 and for many, this statue will be a timeless reminder of her crucial work.

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