Historic English church to get carvings of feminist icons

Historic English church to get carvings of feminist icons

In a bid to advance gender equality, a Medieval church in the north of England will get new carvings representing feminist icons.

Vicar Reverend Rebecca Lumley has been given permission by the Church of England to replace some of the artefacts at St Mary’s Church in the town of Beverley, with new carvings representing the achievements of women. The church, which dates back to 1120, is currently undergoing restoration work as much of it has become heavily eroded.

Women who will be represented include Queen Elizabeth, nursing pioneer Mary Seacole, physicist Marie Curie, airship designer Hilda Lyon, pioneering aviator Amy Johnson, astronaut Helen Sharman and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft.

“The contribution of women to humanity isn’t always properly recognised in the telling of history, and throughout history women’s voices have been silenced,” said Reverend Lumley. “We take seriously the Church’s role in battling inequality and injustice. And so we hope that this project will help highlight the remarkable achievements of these women, and provide hope and inspiration for future generations.”


Full story at Hull Live

Featured image: St. Mary’s Church, Beverley, UK. Photo by Ben Ponsford / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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