Parliament Square is to get its first ever statue of a woman after planning permission was granted for a memorial to suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett.
The bronze statue will include a placard that reads: “Courage calls to courage everywhere.”
Artist Gillian Wearing unveiled the design shortly before its building application was granted conditional approval by Westminster City Council’s planning committee.
Ms Wearing – a Turner Prize winner who is the first female artist to create a statue for Parliament Square – said she was “delighted” it had been given the go ahead.
“Now Millicent Fawcett’s statue can stand as an equal amongst male statues in Parliament Square,” she said.
The placard is a tribute to a speech Ms Fawcett gave upon the death of Suffragette Emily Wilding Davidson at the 1913 Epsom Derby.
The statue is expected to be unveiled for the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People’s Act, which granted some women over 30 the vote for the first time, in February.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who supported the campaign to have a female statue introduced to the square, said: “Our mission now is to ensure that we can begin the centenary celebrations with the unveiling of this landmark piece.
“We want this statue to depict the strength and determination of the women who dedicated their lives to the fight for women’s suffrage and to inspire many generations to come – and I know Gillian’s creation will do just that.”