More war hero statues 'wholly retrograde move', say UK women's groups

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Tory campaign to immortalise VC and GC medal holders will increase gender imbalance of UK civic statues, says inVisibleWomen

Women’s groups have warned the government that a campaign to honour more than 1,700 war heroes with statues will further exacerbate the “astonishing” gender imbalance of the UK’s civic statues.

The Common Sense Group of Conservative MPs has proposed that every recipient of the Victoria Cross and George Cross be immortalised with a statue in their place of birth. Just 11 of the 1,761 holders of these honours are women, according to the Fawcett Society.

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