Women's role in English History put to public vote

  • Our new survey shows that 40% of the British public think women have had less impact on history than men.
  • With just 13% of London's blue plaques dedicated to women, we are asking for your nominations of women you think deserve a plaque.

Our recent survey found that 40% of people think women have had less impact on history than men.*

To celebrate the start of women's history month - as well as 150th anniversary of the blue plaque scheme - we are asking you to nominate significant women from history who lived or worked in London, and made a notable contribution to their field.

Anna Eavis, English Heritage Curatorial Director, said:

"This year to mark women's history month English Heritage will be celebrating the profound impact women have had on history. We're calling on the public to help us to include more women amongst those recognised by the iconic blue plaques scheme, and will be launching an online hub of content to help inspire people.

"Since English Heritage took over the blue plaques scheme in 1986 we have unveiled over 70 plaques commemorating women (61% of the total number) but with the scheme entirely reliant on public nominations we're hoping that the public can help us continue to celebrate the impact of women."

Only 13% of over 900 English Heritage blue plaques across London are dedicated to women. They include Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the suffragette movement, Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman to qualify as a doctor in Britain. You can find out more about these women on our Women's History hub, which highlights the achievements of women in history.

The blue plaques scheme relies on public nominations to commission new plaques, so we need you to nominate notable women who inspire you.

Nominate a Blue Plaque

Proposed plaques must meet certain criteria, including:

  • At least 20 years must have passed since a candidate’s death
  • At least one building associated with the figure must survive within Greater London (but outside the City of London, which has its own scheme)
  • Usually no more than two plaques are allowed on one building

Find out more about proposing a blue plaque.

For more from news follow @English Heritage on Twitter.

*Research methodology
The research was carried out by ICM Research from 17-19 February 2016. The total sample size was 2006 adults and was conducted online. Results are weighted to a nationally representative criteria.
1. According to the research 40% (809) said they considered women to have had a lesser impact on history than men.
2. According to the research 55% (1103) said they considered women to have had the same impact on history as men.
3. According to the research 5% (94) said they considered women to have had a greater impact on history than men.

More recent news

'step into englands story