NYC to get their first statue honouring women’s accomplishments at Central Park

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Highlights

  • 23 statues have been erected in the New York City’s Central Park, celebrating the accomplishments of their greatest men
  • The first monument, honouring the female’s contribution to women’s rights is to be erected in the near future
  • The monument will feature three activists- Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth
  • Initially, only the first two women were featured, but after backlash about the ill representation of African American women, Truth was added to the list
  • The statues are to be created by Meredith Bergmann in August next year, which also marks 100 years since American women won the right to cast their vote
  • The struggle to make start this project began 6 years back, and authorities were initially against the idea, citing lack of space

The United States of America’s most iconic landmark, Central Perk, in New York City, at present, has erected 23 statues celebrating the achievements of American men. However, not a single one is to honour women. In view of this, a city commission voted to have a monument built, to celebrate the lives of women activists, on Monday, 21st October 2019.

The monument is set to depict 3 women activists- Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. The decision-making process started 6 years ago but was refused by many authorities on grounds of lack of space in the park to create more monuments. After the decision was finalised, 91 submissions were taken into account for the design of the new monument. Initially, only the first two women were a part of the contention, but after a lot of backlash from the general public, about the ill representation of the African American women, Truth was added into the picture.

The Monument is to be designed by artist Meredith Bergmann, who says,

MY HOPE IS THAT ALL PEOPLE, BUT ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE, WILL BE INSPIRED BY THIS IMAGE OF WOMEN OF DIFFERENT RACES, DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS BACKGROUNDS AND DIFFERENT ECONOMIC STATUS WORKING TOGETHER TO CHANGE THE WORLD.

The Monumental women non-profit of volunteer advocates, historians and community leaders, have alloted $1.5 million to build these statues. The president of the organisation was quoted as saying,

THIS STATUE CONVEYS THE POWER OF WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING ABOUT REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN OUR SOCIETY

The existing statues, are those the likes of famous men like Christopher Columbus, Alexander Hamilton, William Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott.

The erection of the statues is going to commence from August 2020, which marks 100 years since American women won the right to cast their vote.

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