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Eulalia

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Marytė or Marija Melnikaitė was a Soviet partisan and the only Lithuanian woman awarded Hero of the Soviet Union. While her partisan career lasted less than two months, Soviet propaganda exaggerated her duties and accomplishments. Many works, including a film and an opera, were dedicated to her. (Wiki)
 

Eulalia

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Well, whatever might be said about the causes they died for,
there are a great many more statues of heroines in the former USSR
than there are in Britain - a recent analysis of the Public Monuments Record showed:

out of 828 statues
534 are male, 422 of actual, named men,
including 65 politicians

174 are female, but only 65 of actual, named women,
including 38 royalty (Queen Victoria, mostly),
but 0 female politicians

Of the nameless, symbolic, allegorical figures,
16 males are soldiers on war memorials,
while 66 females are nudes or scantily clad nymphs
 

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Barbaria1

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but 0 female politicians

I don’t suppose the departing PM is in line for one ... :rolleyes:

Of the nameless, symbolic, allegorical figures,16 males are soldiers on war memorials,
while 66 females are nudes or scantily clad nymphs

Better a nude or scantily clad nymph than a politician ... immortality isn’t achieved easily, is it? :confused:
 

Eulalia

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Loxuru

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but 0 female politicians
So, they do not count Boudicca (statue in London) as a politician?

Anyway, it looks like the zero is about to be erased, since Nancy Astor (1879-1964 -first female MP in Britain) is about to get one in Plymouth.

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/work-build-nancy-astor-statue-2939767

And if one counts suffragettes as politicians, there seem to be two of them since recently:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/first-woman-statue-parliament-square-1272143
 

Eulalia

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I don’t suppose the departing PM is in line for one ...
There are plans for one of Margaret Thatcher in Grantham, I'm not sure whether it's decided yet.
Hardly a modern martyr, though the way she and Theresa May are vilified has a whiff of sexist spleen.
So, they do not count Boudicca (statue in London) as a politician?

Anyway, it looks like the zero is about to be erased, since Nancy Astor (1879-1964 -first female MP in Britain) is about to get one in Plymouth.

https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/work-build-nancy-astor-statue-2939767

And if one counts suffragettes as politicians, there seem to be two of them since recently:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/first-woman-statue-parliament-square-1272143
Yes, there have been statues of Emmeline Pankhurst in Westminster and Manchester for a good many years,
and one of Sylvia Pankhurst is now in Islington.


Back to the Modern (female) Martyrs theme, another heroine like Violette Szabo was
Noor Inayat Khan, Britain’s only female Muslim war heroine -
she was part of an elite band of women in the Special Operations Executive (SOE)
and the first woman radio operator to be flown into occupied France to aid the Resistance.
There's a bust of her in Gordon Square in London
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noor_Inayat_Khan
 
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