YEP backs call for statue of woman to be erected in Leeds

It's about time Leeds had a statue of a woman.
It's about time Leeds had a statue of a woman.
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TODAY, on International Women’s Day the Yorkshire Evening Post is backing a call from Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West, and Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake, to have a new statue erected in Leeds - one of a woman.

Apart from Queen Victoria, Henry Moore’s reclining woman and some nymphs in city square, Leeds has no statue of a woman.

And yet we have so many Leeds women who have left their mark in history. People who have worked for charities, for social reform, for racial equality - there are athletes, politicians, authors, businesswomen and scientists.

So we are asking you, the YEP readers, on their behalf to come up with ideas on who YOU think should be commemorated in our city. No public money will go into this statue as it’s hoped the money will come from donations and fundraising from around Leeds.

“We want a work of art or statue commissioned for a Leeds woman who has helped make our city the great, vibrant and diverse place it is today so we can better celebrate the contribution of all women to our city,” said Coun Blake and Rachel Reeves.

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