Mary Wollstonecraft statue planned

The first statue of Mary Wollstonecraft is being planned in London.

The author, first feminist and mother of Mary Shelley is buried in St Peter’s Churchyard in Bournemouth thanks to her grandson son Sir Percy Shelley.

Last week a green Islington Council plaque to Mary Wollstonecraft was unveiled outside Newington Green School near where a school was co-founded by Mary. It’s here that the statue will be placed in 2013 if funds can be found.

Supporting the idea is Tobias Ellwood MP whose constituency includes Boscombe Manor in Shelley Park.

There is also a plaque on 45 Dolben Street Southwark marking the approximate site of her home when planning her book A Vindication of the Rights of Women.

See page 172.

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