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Sturgeon backs daily’s campaign for more statues of women

Scotland’s First Minister has backed a city daily’s campaign to get more statues of its patch’s most famous women built.

As HTFP previously reported, the Edinburgh Evening News is calling for the women of the Scottish capital to be honoured in sculpture form.

Now Nicola Sturgeon has lent her support to the campaign – joining Kezia Dugdale and Ruth Davidson, the leaders of Labour and the Tories in Scotland respectively.

The Evening News splashed on the First Minister’s backing for the campaign last Thursday.

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She said: “It’s absolutely right that Edinburgh’s famous daughters should be recognised in the same way as its famous sons. The capital has produced women who have achieved remarkable things in fields, including science, sport, literature and the arts.

“As First Minister I am determined to do all I can to achieve gender equality. That goes further than equality in the workplace and in education. It’s also about our culture and the messages we as a society send out to women and girls – and men and boys.

“A quote I am very fond of is ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. A statue of one of Edinburgh’s remarkable women would do a great deal to inspire young women living in and visiting the city Edinburgh and reinforce to them that they are only limited by their own ambitions.

“I’m absolutely delighted to lend my support to this campaign and look forward to seeing which of the city’s many important women is recognised.”