It took over seventy years of advocacy for women to be granted the right to vote in the United States. Determined, pioneering citizens such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony helped make that happen. And while there are 23 monuments in Central Park (including one honoring a dog), there is not one paying tribute to their efforts – or that of any woman. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund is hoping to change that. The volunteer-run organization is raising funds and awareness to bring a monument honoring the great achievements of women to the city.
The Fund has finally secured a monument to be placed near the entrance of West 77th Street near the Westside entrance to Central Park, and now, the ‘Statue Fund’ is currently reviewing proposals from sculptors who are interested in creating a striking work that pays tribute to these women and others who paved the way for women’s suffrage. The organization views the monument as important progress, not only in acknowledging the efforts of these trailblazers, but also as an education tool. The winning submission and soon-to-be monument will be a powerful way for passersby to learn about the hard fought battle women faced to earn the right to vote.
The Fund’s mission, and the #MonumentalWomen movement, has resonated with the public, and particularly young girls who wish to see women’s accomplishments recognized in our city and country. The monument is a win for all citizens, and a chance to learn more about and celebrate American women’s history.
Via Monumental Women
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