25 living female heroes to be celebrated in UK statues
Project organisers said there are currently more statues of goats and people called John than of everyday women, and only about a sixth of Britain's 925 public statues represent women.
The 'Put Her Forward' project, organised by charity The National Trust, aims to double the number of non-mythical and non-royal statues of women in Britain in a year when the country marks the centenary of women winning the vote.
"The real aim ... is to have a conversation about the representation of women," they said in a statement online.
The public has been invited to nominate women who have had a positive impact on society, with the likes of Layla Hussein, a campaigner against female genital mutilation (FGM), and British Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson up for consideration.
Yet the size of the statues - which are set to be unveiled across England in September - has caused some consternation as they are set to be smaller than the gold statues handed out to winners of the Oscars.
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