Caroline Criado-Perez, a British activist who successfully campaigned to get Jane Austen on the £10 note in 2014, has now taken on another cause: getting a statue honoring the Suffragettes outside of the British Parliament. In an article in The Telegraph, Criado-Perez explains that while going for a run with her dog, she realized that Parliament Square featured 11 statues of men, and not a single woman. “In two years time, it will be nearly 100 years since women won the argument that our sex does not render us incapable of participating in the running of our country. Nearly a century has gone by, and yet Parliament Square continues to tell us that democracy is a man’s world,” she writes. “This needs to change — and now is the time to start working on that. The women who fought for our rights — the suffragettes — deserve to be commemorated in front of the building they were locked out of for centuries.” That is why she has joined forces with a host of powerful and famous women — including JK Rowling, Emma Watson and Caitlin Moran — to petition new London mayor Sadiq Khan to erect a Suffragette statue on the square by 2018. In an open letter, they wrote, “Congratulations on your new position as London Mayor. In your manifesto you say that you will ‘be a proud feminist in City Hall.’ Thank you for making that pledge,” before urging him to take “the first step” towards fulfilling that promise by erecting the statue and “inspiring men and women across our country in the fight for equality.” Their petition on Change.org has so far gathered more than 66,000 supporters.
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