In 2017 – The National Wallace Monument will introduce its first female figurehead to The Hall of Heroes – to recognise the achievements and successes of so many remarkable women who have played a part in the story of Scotland.
Through their creativity, their bravery and their selfless service, women have enriched society in Scotland – and in countries all around the world. They have surprised, delighted and inspired generation after generation with their determination, their fortitude and their spirit – the very values which William Wallace stood for.
From a field with hundreds of names, the members of a special Selection Panel have prepared a shortlist of fourteen candidates – the shortlist features pioneering engineers Victoria Drummond and Dorothée Pullinger. It includes women who tirelessly campaigned for equality – such as Christian Maclagan – and those who were among the first females to attend university, including Sophia Jex-Blake and Chrystal Macmillan. Many others dedicated their lives to helping those in need, including Elsie Inglis, Maggie Keswick Jencks, Jane Haining and Mary Slessor. And whether it was their contribution to the arts – as seen in Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, Màiri Mhòr nan Òran and Jean Redpath – or their undeniable talent in their chosen field – as shown by Nancy Riach and Mary Somerville, they have all earned the right to be recognised as Scotland’s Heroines.
Now it is your chance to find out more about these great women and place your vote for who you would like to see honoured in The Hall of Heroes.
Votes can be made when visiting The National Wallace Monument – and they can also be made online here. Voting is open until 31st March, and the results will be published in early April, with the commemorative installation taking place later in the year.
Join the conversation online using #ScotlandsHeroines