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In pictures: Courage of suffragist heroine celebrated with statue

Millicent Fawcett is the first female figure to join 11 male statues including Sir Winston Churchill outside the Palace of Westminster.

Suffragist Millicent Fawcett has been honoured in Parliament Square in London – the first female figure to be recognised in the public outside the Palace of Westminster.

Following a campaign which started two years ago, and a work schedule which lasted seven months, the statue of a woman described by Prime Minister Theresa May as an “inspiration to us all” has been revealed.

Millicent Fawcett is the first statue of a female figure in Parliament Square (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
The statue took seven months to complete (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Caroline Criado-Perez (l to r), Theresa May and Sadiq Khan enjoy the unveiling ceremony (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Caroline Criado-Perez addresses the crowd during the ceremony (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley (l to r), Home Secretary Amber Rudd, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow minister for women Dawn Butler at the unveiling of the statue (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
A 3D-printed head – used as a starting point to model the finished head of the statue – alongside a pair of boots that were fitted to an unfinished statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett (Yui Mok/PA)
Artist Gillian Wearing, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries Justine Simons, Caroline Criado-Perez and London Mayor Sadiq Khan at AB Fine Art Foundry in east London (Yui Mok/PA)
Mayor Sadiq Khan said that Londoners will be 'blown away' by the statue (Yui Mok/PA)
The statue was unveiled seven months after production work started (Yui Mok/PA)
Technician Chloe Hughes (l to r), London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Caroline Criado-Perez, artist Gillian Wearing and Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries Justine Simons inspect the in-progress statue (Yui Mok/PA)


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