Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner Truth


As we announced on August 12th (read the press release), our redesigned statue features women's rights pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner Truth.


"I am proud and grateful for the six years of hard work, patience, creativity and fundraising that Monumental Women has put into solving the riddle of women's complete invisibility among the many statues in Central Park.

I'm especially proud that the very first statue will depict three women -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth -- at a real moment of their shared struggle for universal adult suffrage, and an end to the heritage of patriarchy and slavery that Europeans brought to this land.

I thank both Monumental Women and also Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer for their long years of work to see that at last, the female half of the human race is valued and visible in the park that is the heart of this city." 

-- Gloria Steinem


"I have worked for decades for social justice and historical redress through my art, using my artist’s imagination to create empathic representations of diverse, inspiring people. For Monumental Women's Statue of Women's Rights Pioneers on the Central Park Mall, I have designed an allegory of women’s rights activism: Sojourner Truth is speaking, Susan B. Anthony is organizing, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton is writing. Sojourner Truth sits with Elizabeth Cady Stanton at a small table, perhaps on the occasion of a conference for the abolition of slavery or for women’s rights or for both, as these movements were, for much of their history, joined in activism. Susan B. Anthony is standing behind the table with her traveling bag, bringing documentation of injustices to help focus the discussion. 
The women might be meeting in Stanton’s home, where both Sojourner Truth and Anthony were guests. The monument represents an indoor space because much of women’s political work originated in the home; in the 19th Century women were not commonly seen in the public sphere. This monument, in keeping with the other monuments on Literary Walk, is not a copy of a photograph or a representation of an actual historical moment, but an imaginative, allegorical representation of famous, important people involved in the unending struggle for greater justice in America. I am committed to representing both the sisterhood among these activists and their differences.
My hope is that all people, especially girls and boys, will be inspired by this scene of women of different races, religious backgrounds and economic status working together to change the world.  My current design has been submitted to the NYC Public Design Commission and Monumental Women looks forward to sharing it with everyone as soon as the organization receives permission to do so from the PDC." 


We are excited to announce #100YearsWomenVote
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Count down with us to the centennial anniversary of women winning the right to vote and the unveiling of the first statue of real women in Central Park's 165-year history on August 26, 2020.
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