Women of World War II Memorial

Women of World War II Memorial, London

Women of World War II Memorial

Women of World War II Memorial
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Neighborhood: Westminster
If you only had an afternoon to experience London on a grand scale, Westminster would be a wise place to start. The ornate Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey sit adjacent at a corner of Parliament Square, and a short stroll along The Mall leads to Buckingham Palace. Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column are just up the road as well. As captivating as the architecture is, the wonders of Mother Nature are highlights of the area too. St James's Park (arguably London's loveliest), the expansive Green Park, and pedestrian friendly tree lined paths along the river showcase the exquisite manicure provided by English gardeners. Just beyond the landmarks and the gorgeous outdoor spaces, quiet residential squares and age old local pubs offer a more subdued take on this global seat of power in the heart of London.
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  • Charing Cross • 4 min walk
  • Embankment • 5 min walk
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Women of World War II
Oct 2021
In an area full of memorial statues to military men and units, this unusual memorial is to the women of World War II who undertook the jobs due to shortage of labour. The monument is a large rectangular block with sculptures of 17 individuals in high relief representing the range of professions undertaken by the women. A great way to thank those who don’t often get the credit they deserve, without whom the war may not have been won.
Written October 29, 2021
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK1,574 contributions
Girl Power!
Apr 2021
It is very good that there is a memorial to the contributions made by women during World War II as whilst the men were fighting the women had to take over and do the jobs that (at the time) were normally men's work.

The women kept the country running so the men had something to come back to.

If you would like to visit this monument it is located in Whitehall in the middle of the road and quite close to the entrance to Downing Street. Well worth checking out to pay tribute to.
Written April 6, 2021
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Remembering the contribution of women
Nov 2020 • Solo
It's a slightly strange memorial and it is best if you do some research beforehand to appreciate what the artist meant by all these empty figures.

In some ways, I am disappointed that such a monument is needed. For me, the Cenotaph should be all inclusive as a memorial to all who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Having said that, it is an interesting memorial, sculpted by John W Mills, with the empty sets of clothing representing the many roles which women took on during the Second World War, and indeed in other military campaigns.

Written November 25, 2020
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,092 contributions
Not to be forgotten
Mar 2020 • Friends
A great monument close to Trafalgar Square in Whitehall, it's worth a minute to pause for their input and sacrifice during this time.
Written March 18, 2020
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Sujata410
Columbia, MD903 contributions
A reminder of women’s untold contributions during WW II
Feb 2020 • Couples
Unveiled in 2005 by the Queen, this is a very evocative memorial that reminds us of the many roles women played in helping to win WW II. While it is one of many memorials along Whitehall, I feel that it’s one of more touching ones.
Written February 23, 2020
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Janet C
Stockport, UK1,966 contributions
Recognition
Nov 2019 • Solo
Whilst walking along Whitehall, flanked by the impressive government buildings there is also this memorial in the middle of the road. We always remember the brave men that fought for our freedom, but can sometimes forget the women who kept things going back at home - a significant reminder
Written January 5, 2020
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The Ordinary Traveler
Crewe, UK212 contributions
Lovely tribute
Dec 2019 • Solo
This monument is a great tribute to the efforts of the women of World War Two.

Whilst the men went off to fight the women kept the country alive, even the queen was a land girl.
Written January 1, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
Of great significance to many!
Jun 2019
Whitehall is a wonderful London boulevard lined with impressive government buildings and a host of significant statues and memorials.
While taking another walk along the boulevard during our most recent stay in London, we paused on the footpath to view and pay our respects at the Memorial to the Women of World War II Memorial. This memorial is of significance to us and no doubt to millions of others, because of family connections.
The large monument cast in dark bronze stands on an island in the middle of the roadway. Its design is stark and simple but it stands out amongst the heavy passing traffic.
Some may pass by and pay curt attention to the memorial. However, those who are aware of the memorial’s significance are likely to be like us and pause briefly to remember the service and sacrifices by the women of Britain during the terrible years of World War II.
Written December 9, 2019
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T0urist7
Warsaw, Poland1,393 contributions
monument
Oct 2019
I would not call a monument a tourist attraction. A great idea to build
monument to the work that women undertook during the Second World War was realized. The monument is moving.
It was sculpted by John W. Mills, unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II and dedicated by Baroness Boothroyd in July 2005.
Written October 11, 2019
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Laura R
87 contributions
Fitting Tribute to women's Work during British Wars
Aug 2019
A fitting tribute to the contribution of Women to the British War Effort during WW2. They played a vital role on the home front, running households and fighting a daily battle of rationing, recycling, reusing, and cultivating food in allotments and gardens. This is a wonderful memorial near the Cenotaph in Whitehall. It depicts the uniforms that women wore during WWII the "hung up" when they returned to civilian life after the war. Situated not far from Parliament Square and near the entrance to the Supreme Court sits this elegant monument to the women of the First World War and all of their achievements. It was their endeavours that ultimately led to women in the UK having the right to vote, so this is also often the site of various protestors giving speeches linked to women’s freedom and equality.
Written September 30, 2019
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