Monument to the Women of World War II

Monument to women of war, public art, London, war memorial

Public Art: Monument to the Women of World War II

Sculptor: © John W. Mills

Description: The 22ft high bronze memorial was erected in honour of the work that women undertook during the Second World War. The various working attire hanging from the memorial
"depicts the women's working clothes and how they quietly took them off at the end of the day, hung them up and let the men take the credit,"

Date Unveiled: The Women's war monument was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II and dedicated by Baroness Boothroyd on the 9th of July 2005 as part of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Location: The Monument to the Women of World War II  is located on Whitehall north of the Cenotaph in London, England.

Things you may not know about the Monument to the Women of World War II :

In 2002, Baroness Boothroyd, the patron of the Women of World War II trust and former Speaker of the House of Commons, used the popular TV game show Whо Wants tо Be а Millionaire? to help raise money for the monument. She left with £800,000.

Baroness Boothroyd dedicated the monument by saying  "This monument is dedicated to all the women who served our country and to the cause of freedom, in uniform and on the home front. I hope that future generations who pass this way will ask themselves: 'what sort of women were they?' and look at our history for the answer."

Westminster Council had to agree to relocate the memorial after major gas pipes were found under the proposed site.

This is the first UK national monument dedicated to the work that women undertook during the Second World War.

Acknowledgements: A special thank you to Robyn from Head Set Hairdressers for kindly providing the photograph.

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