We鈥檝e all heard about breaking through the glass ceiling, but what about the bronze ceiling? A letter signed by more than 40 high profile British men aims to do just that 鈥 by calling for the erection a memorial statue of early British feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.

In an open letter to the Guardian, the signatories 鈥 which include Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and actors Sam West and Jason Isaacs 鈥 ask the public to support 鈥淢ary on the Green,鈥 a campaign to construct a memorial to Wollstonecraft at Newington Green in London. There will also be a petition launched on March 8 鈥 International Women鈥檚 Day 鈥 in support of the campaign.

Wollstonecraft was a writer and public figure who way back in 1792 penned A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. In it, she argues that women are equal to men and only appear inferior due to lack of education and opportunity. She was a dyed-in-the-wool human rights activist, brilliant academic, war correspondent, and the mom of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. A lady way ahead of her time, to be sure, and one of the world鈥檚 early and most influential feminists. So why is she not commemorated in the British capital, like so many historic British men?

In their open letter, the men point out that statues of those Wollstonecraft influenced, like Millicent Fawcett, Thomas Paine, and William Gladstone, already stand in London鈥檚 parks and squares. In a line that was perhaps included to quell male fears of Wollstonecraft鈥檚 feminist power, the men point out that she called for women not 鈥渢o have power over men but over themselves.鈥

The push to get Wollstonecraft recognized in statue form was actually started last International Women鈥檚 Day by 80 female politicians, academics, and public figures. According to the 鈥Mary on the Green鈥 campaign they created, 鈥淥ver 90 percent of London鈥檚 statues commemorate men, leaving many incredible women uncelebrated and ignored, like Mary Wollstonecraft.鈥 The campaign has so far earned more than $80,000 in donations of the $277,820 they say they will need to get the project off the ground.

With more than 120 prominent men and women now supporting the initiative, a bronze memorial of one of feminism鈥檚 early badasses seems all but inevitable.

鈥淗er life sends a message of encouragement to young people in a world divided along gender and class lines,鈥 says the campaign. 鈥淲ollstonecraft鈥檚 work is far from done.鈥

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