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A research carried out by Sure Maximum Protection deodorant has found only 15% of the statues listed in the UK are women.
The same survey also found that 89% of Brits - both men and women - would like to see more women celebrated with statues. Sure Maximum Protection has polled responses to uncover the top ten influential and strong British women that the nation would like to see celebrated for their lifetime achievements. And the results...
1. Dame Kelly Holmes (24 per cent)
2. JK Rowling (22 per cent)
3. Joanna Lumley (14 per cent)
4. Dame Vivienne Westwood (9 per cent)
5. Adele (7 per cent)
6. Katie Piper (6 per cent)
7. Kate Winslet (6 per cent)
8. Karren Brady (2 per cent)
9. Nigella Lawson (2 per cent)
10. Victoria Beckham (2 per cent)
Along with these top 10 ladies, the research also showed that Brits would like Jessica Ennis, the Duchess of Cornwall and The Queen to be immortalised in stone in the future.
Therefore to help rectify the balance, Sure Maximum Protection has created a life size statue of Dame Kelly Holmes, who topped the list, and will donate it to her hometown of Tunbridge in Kent.
Julie Spearman, Sure Maximum Protection Assistant Brand Manager, said of the research: "Kelly Holmes is the epitome of a 21st century strong woman and Sure Maximum Protection is dedicated to celebrating women's achievements, and therefore immortalising her in a statue is our way of reminding the British public that inspirational females will stand the test of time, just as strong men have done."
Currently the greatest number of female statues can be found in South East England, with the lowest in the North East.
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