Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Emma Watson has always been an advocate for equality between the sexes. Following her impassioned UN speech in 2014, Emma has opened up about why she believes men hate heroines, her own experiences of sexism within the film industry, as well as how she dealt with the feminism backlash.
So when it was announced that Parliament Square will – finally – get its own permanent bronzed female in the form of a Millicent Fawcett statue, Emma had something to say about it.
The statue represents the Sugfragist and female rights campaigner, and will be the first female statue in Parliament Square. It already plays home to the likes of Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, and David Lloyd George, so it’s time that there was a leading lady to stand proudly at the iconic London location.
And that’s a sentiment that Emma echoed unequivocally.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, tweeted about the latest bronzed addition, saying: ‘As a proud feminist, I’m delighted that we will bring the first ever statue of a woman to Parliament Square.’
Emma saw this tweet, and decided to respond in the best way possible.
‘About time too! :),’ she replied, and her tweet has now garnered over 8,300 likes.
Emma was one of many women in the public eye who gave prominence to the campaign for a female statue, with the Harry Potter actress teaming up with J.K. Rowling, Caitlin Moran and Stella Creasy to back an open letter to the Mayor of London by Caroline Criado-Perez – the very same campaigner who called for Jane Austen to be the new face of the £10 note.
Artist Gillian Wearing has designed the iconic statue of Fawcett, and considering she will be the first lady among 11 male statues we have to agree with Emma – it is, most definitely, about time.