A statue for Elsie Inglis
Why we need your help
Help us to honour Elsie Inglis
“While Elsie Inglis is honoured widely in Serbia where she supported the war wounded, her story remains relatively unknown in Edinburgh. As we come together to mark 100 years since her death, this is our opportunity as Elsie’s home town to recognise the significant contribution she made as a medic, as a suffragist, and as an inspirational citizen of this city.
“I am calling on the businesses and citizens of Edinburgh to help us create a new tribute, one which recognises all that Elsie achieved and what she has stood for in the century since she died. A statue of Elsie which stands tall for at least another century to come.
“All of us want to see some distance made towards re-addressing the gender balance of the monuments which adorn our streets. To me and I’m sure to many others, a statue of Elsie Inglis – the war hero nurse who ‘refused to go home and sit still’ – would be a fitting start.
“For generations, the people of Edinburgh have in their grief or gratitude, joined forces to create sweeping and beautiful memorials for those they admired. I hope this will become another one of those moments in history.
"Please help us, help Edinburgh, give Elsie the honour she deserves."
Lord Provost, Frank Ross
President of the OneCity Trust
This campaign is just the first step
"It’s an embarrassing time to be a man. We should feel ashamed that the boardrooms of our major corporations are stuffed full of blokes. We should be red-faced that gender pay inequality is a long way from being solved. And shocked and appalled at the number of men who use power as a means to harass and attack women.
"In Edinburgh there is another embarrassment that stares men in the face – and perhaps few even notice. That is the men honoured in stone. All over the Capital there are statues marking key individuals from the city’s past. But where are all the women?
"In fact, the Capital has more statues of animals that it does of women. Greyfriars Bobby, Bum the Dog and Wojtek the Bear to name three. And yes, this is 2017.
"Unlike macroeconomic issues around gender pay, this is something we can do something about. After asking readers who should be honoured, the Edinburgh Evening News has launched this campaign to mark the impact of suffragist doctor Elsie Inglis, who was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Women’s Hospitals during the First World War.
"This £50,000 fundraising drive, with Edinburgh-based charity the One City Trust, will secure Dr Inglis the statue she rightly deserve. And hopefully be the first step to honouring many more women in Scotland’s Capital."
Frank O’Donnell, Editor
The Edinburgh Evening News
Who was Elsie?
raised towards £50,000.00 target
May 03, 2021
Nov 27, 2018
Oct 08, 2018
Patricia L Short
Aug 10, 2018
Jul 03, 2018
Jun 13, 2018
Apr 25, 2018
Apr 02, 2018
Mar 08, 2018
Mar 07, 2018
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £2,480.25
Raised offline £229.00