Celebrating Great Historic Women

Happy International Women’s Day!

No matter how you choose to mark this day, it’s crucial to reflect on our journey. Mary Phillips, an English Suffragette, feminist, and socialist, holds a notable place in history. Serving the longest prison term among suffragettes, she orchestrated a unique protest at St George’s Hall in April 1909. Concealed beneath the organ platform, she boldly disrupted a ceremony where Augustine Birrell MP was to receive an Honorary degree, clamoring for “Votes for Women!” Despite efforts to silence her, she remained beyond reach, sparking both uproar and admiration.

Reflecting on figures like Mary underscores the importance of celebrating women today. It’s poignant to note that the first statue of a woman in the Hall, honoring Kitty Wilkinson, known as Liverpool’s “Saint of the Slums,” stands near the site of Mary’s protest. This lone representation amidst a sea of male statues highlights the need for greater recognition of women’s contributions in public art.

Advocates have long championed for more female representation, exemplified by our current campaign for a second statue: Mary Seacole, an influential black woman, renowned as a nurse, businesswoman, and healer. Your support this International Women’s Day can help us honor the legacies of trailblazers like Kitty Wilkinson and Mary Seacole. Their courage, compassion, and leadership echo through history, resonating in the tireless dedication of our NHS and healthcare workers today—a testament to the enduring impact of Mary Phillips’ activism.

Donate if you can, and join us in commemorating the historic bravery of women who have shaped our society for the better.

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