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A planning application was submitted to Westminster City Council, on behalf of the Emmeline Pankhurst Trust Ltd, for a statue to commemorate the life, work and achievements of the great leader of the women’s suffrage movement: Emmeline Pankhurst. She fought hard over her life to achieve the right for women to vote. She gave popular speeches in public places such as Trafalgar Square and was arrested 13 times, serving several prison sentences for the actions to bring about some equality for women.


Votes for women were finally granted in 1918 due in no small part to the leadership and determination of Emmeline Pankhurst.

‘‘I would argue that the proposed statue represents a new generational understanding of its underlying themes and is a celebration of a century of political advancements and social progress. It represents the global historical significance of Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffrage Movement.’’

Councillor Mural Gassanly

Emmeline Pankhurst Memorial, Parliament Square, London



The City Council narrowly voted 4 votes to 3 to refuse the planning application. The refusal is not on design grounds: The council applauded the character and quality of the sculpture created by famous woman sculptor Angela Conner, who has depicted the universal attributes of the struggle for equality in an unequal world.

Emmeline Pankhurst was voted the third in the BBC History Magazine 2018 list of 100 women who changed the world.



Angela Conner is an accomplished sculptor and her work has received international acclaim. Other work in the public realm in Westminster includes her large-scale figure of General Charles De Gaulle located in Carlton House Terrace.

The plinth is proposed in Hopton Wood limestone situated between bronze figures of Abraham Lincoln and George Canning both on large granite plinths.

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