Caroline is a prolific and successful user of social media for social change. She has directed or advised on a number of high-profile campaigns, some of which are detailed below. She also gives regular talks about using social media for networking and social change.
PUT A STATUE OF MILLICENT FAWCETT IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE
In 2016, Caroline noticed that London's Parliament Sq, overlooked by the seat of British democracy and a traditional protest ground, had eleven statues of men and none at all of women. This began Caroline's campaign to have a statue of suffragist role model Millicent Fawcett placed in Parliament Square. Her Change.org petition attracted over 85,000 signatures, while an open letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan attracted high-profile supporters including JK Rowling, Emma Watson, Caitlin Moran, MPs and academics. The Mayor responded with support for the campaign.
On June 7th 2016, the 150th anniversary of the first petition for
Fawcett, a call supported by The Fawcett Society.
Caroline's petition stated, "In two years' time it will be
100 years since those women won their fight and
women were first granted the right to vote. They deserve to be
remembered. They deserve to be commemorated at the heart of
Media coverage of the statue campaign included The Observer The Telegraph The Pool New Statesman Independent Glamour Magazine Huffington Post Buzzfeed New York Times Mashable Yahoo Time Out Little Atoms
Infographic created for the campaign
Image credit: Tracy King, C Criado-Perez
On 2nd April 2017, Sajid Javid announced that the government would fund the Millicent Fawcett statue.
On 24th April 2018 a statue of Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in Parliament Square -- the first statue of a woman and the first statue by a woman. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of London and the Prime Minister, and it was broadcast live by the BBC and other news channels.
You can view the speech Caroline gave here.
KEEP A WOMAN ON ENGLISH BANKNOTES
Demonstration outside the Bank of England, 2013
Photo credit: Sean Smith for The Guardian
Delivering 35,000 signatures to Victoria Cleland, Head of Notes Division, 2013
Photo credit: Sean Smith for The Guardian
On the 26th April 2013, the Bank of England announced that Winston Churchill would be replacing Elizabeth Fry on £5 notes, leaving paper currency woman-free. On the 27th April, Caroline started a petition on Change.org; within a week, the petition had attracted over 22,000 signatures and blanket coverage in both the print and broadcast media – including internationally. Over £13,000 was raised in two weeks from individual donations to fund a legal challenge under the 2010 Equality Act, should the Bank refuse to act. Press interest was maintained for an unprecedented three months, with the result being that Mark Carney’s first public communication as Governor addressed the issue. The campaign attracted high-profile support, with an open letter to the Bank from 46 Labour MPs and peers headed up by Stella Creasy; a highly publicised speech and appearance on Woman’s Hour from Ed Miliband; and support from Maria Miller, Minister for Women and Equalities and Mary Macleod, head of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament.
The campaign was ultimately successful, and in July 2013 the Bank of England announced that Jane Austen would appear on the £10 note from 2017. Mark Carney also announced a review of the selection process for future banknotes.
Selected press highlights include Zoe Williams in the Guardian Stella Creasy in New Statesman Caroline Criado Perez in The Guardian John Coventry in The Huffington Post The Observer The Guardian The Times Daily Mail The Independent The Telegraph The Huffington Post New Statesman The Financial Times The Globe and Mail Los Angeles Times
THE WOMEN'S ROOM
Caroline Criado Perez on BBC News
Image credit: BBC
On the 29th of October 2012, The Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 aired a segment that spoke about women’s bodies...without featuring any women’s voices. Women were angry, and told the BBC it was unacceptable – and yet the next day, the very same thing happened, with the excuse being that the Today Programme had been unable to find any female breast cancer experts. After a brief exchange on Twitter with feminist activist Catherine Smith, Caroline and Catherine decided to take action and create a database of women experts for the media. This was to become The Women’s Room.
Within the first month over 1,000 women had signed up as experts and the website was being regularly used by the media. In February 2013 Caroline raised nearly £2,000 in a single day of crowd-funding to pay for a new website, spreading the word through Twitter. The Women’s Room was selected as one of the first 100 websites to be included in the British Library’s digital archive, is regularly featured in the national press, and women’s representation in the media as experts has become a national talking point.
Caroline acted as a media consultant for the 2014 campaign to get mothers' names on British marriage certificates. Press coverage included national newspaper and television, supported by the MP Caroline Lucas.
"When I started this petition, inspired by Caroline Criado Perez's campaign to get a woman on a banknote, I never imagined I would get so much support and that the Prime Minister would respond to our calls" - Ailsa Burkimsher Sadler
WOMEN FOR REFUGEE WOMEN #SetHerFree
Caroline provided campaign advice for the ongoing #SetHerFree project run by Women For Refugee Women. This campaign aims to end the unfair detention of female asylum seekers and has been supported by women’s organisations including the Women’s Institute and UK Feminista; human rights organisations including Liberty; and celebrities including novelist Zadie Smith and actress Juliet Stevenson.
COUNTING DEAD WOMEN
The Counting Dead Women project is a website run by domestic violence campaigner Karen Ingala-Smith to raise awareness of the number of women killed in Britain by men. Caroline provided Karen with campaign and social media advice.