Mary on the Green: celebrating the life of Mary Wollstonecraft
The Mary on the Green campaign celebrates one of history’s most neglected icons, Mary Wollstonecraft. Wollstonecraft knew poverty and disadvantage from an early age. Yet as one of the key thinkers of the Enlightenment, she challenged society and changed the world. Her life sends a message of encouragement to young people in a world divided along gender and class lines. Wollstonecraft’s work is far from done. The campaign has two goals.
- The Memorial: a symbol of her legacy in a public statue/work of art
- The Wollstonecraft Society: a network of people, a promotion of ideas and an outreach programme of accessible learning materials.
Over 90% of London’s monuments celebrate men. This is set against a population of 51% women. The memorial to Mary Wollstonecraft will be a source of debate and stimulus for events, as well as a visual celebration of diversity and inclusion in a place that needs it more than ever.
The memorial will be a tangible way to share Wollstonecraft’s vision and ideas. Her presence in a physical form will be an inspiration to local young people in Islington, Haringey and Hackney. And it will send a powerful message beyond that, across the world. Just as the image of Churchill’s memorial statue is used in debates on his legacy, the same is needed for Mary Wollstonecraft.
The Wollstonecraft Society’s objectives are
- To promote the recognition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s contribution to equality, diversity and human rights.
- To promote equality and diversity in education, and stimulate aspiration and thoughtful reflection.
- Speaking at schools, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
- Providing teaching materials to promote her legacy on equality and aspiration.
Via community networking
- Mini films and messages about Mary Wollstonecraft put across social media
- Connecting people whose lives are touched by Mary Wollstonecraft.
What is needed? A capital sum for the memorial and a revenue source for the Society will ensure that Wollstonecraft’s legacy and learning will continue.
Patrons: Dame Fiona Woolf, Shami Chakrabarti CBE, Jude Kelly. Chair: Bee Rowlatt The campaign is supported by Newington Green Action Group (NGAG), an award-winning registered charity formed in 1996