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We’re Celebrating the Influence of Derby Women


Women have played an undeniable role in the founding and shaping Derby and Derbyshire. Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation wants to call attention to the importance of women in a tangible way by erecting a monument to women's contribution to the City. Wouldn't it just be amazing to literally put women of note on a pedestal (literally) and made into individual statues or combined as a part of a monument.


On April 24th 2018, Caroline Criado Perez's campaign realised its goal and the very forst statue of a woman, Milicent Garrett Fawcett, was erected in Parliament Square. It has been a ong time coming and although there is argument about just why a member of the more moderate NUWSS as opposed to a radical WSPU member was chosen, we are very pleased to celebrate this historic occassion. The unveiling achieves a historic double, as the artist Gillian Wearing, is the first woman to have her work ereted in Parliament Square too. 


Deeds Not Words Towards Liberation Project Manager, Sonya Robotham was interviewed about the Millicent Fawcett's Statue

BBC Radio Derby, 24/04/2018


Help us create a physical reminder of the power of the past to inspire future generations to continue to enable women and girls to succeed! Furthermore, a public monument to women would help to break the bronze ceiling that keeps women so woefully under-represented in civic statues


How Can I Help?

Don't just read about history, be part of shaping it!

We are helping to raise as much of the £10,000 needed as possible and our first goal is £5,000.

There are 2 specific ways you can help support this campaign.

1) Donate to help us commemorate these 12 iconic women while honouring a woman in your life too! Just in time for Mother’s Day!

2) Share with your friends! Whether on social media or in real life this campaign is major and is setting a new precedent for women and girls and we need your word-of-mouth support.

This Sounds Great, But Why Women?

 Our mission is to highlight the significance and modern relevance of the role of women. Women's contributions and activism greatly  influenced the development of the City and inded the County yet there are no monuments to that contribution.

Starting now through 2028, when Universal Suffrage will reach its centenary  we’ll be having multiple digital and live events throughout the City and The County to raise funds and highlight the need for public recognition of women's contributions.

inVISIBLE Women is a website and campaign dedicated to making the case for more monuments to women. Visit their website at

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