Mary Barbour

I wasn't there when the statue was unveiled on International Women's Day last week.  So this was my first viewing apart from a prototype model of it a couple of years ago.  Lots of interest in it as the City has very few female statues - they are almost all of men (and some horses!). 

Mary Barbour  was a leader in the 1915 Rent Strikes, which exposed and protested against landlords who took advantage of the wartime economy to increase rents for workers, and evicting those who were unable to pay. 

Mary led months of protest,  leading to a large demonstration outside Glasgow Sheriff Court and the city chambers.

Within a month Munitions Minister Lloyd George changed the law to reduce rents to pre-war levels across the UK.

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