Celebrate Women's Equality Day With Monumental Women

Please join Monumental Women on August 26th for our 2022 virtual Celebration of Women's Equality Day! On that special day, you can view our Celebration video on our site or on our Facebook page.  We have several exciting announcements to share, as you can see from the articles below.  

Monumental Women and Girl Scouts of Greater New York Unveil New Patch to "Celebrate Women's History" by Ana Ramos

Monumental Women and the Girl Scouts of Greater New York are proud to come together once more to announce the launch of the Celebrate Women’s History Girl Scout Patch Program in honor of Women’s Equality Day. The Patch Program gives Girl Scouts the opportunity to learn about women’s suffrage and the history of abolition in New York, the space to learn about the importance of recognizing and honoring these activists, and the tools to advocate for women’s representation in public spaces.   

To achieve this patch, Girl Scouts must accomplish activities such as exploring the Women's Rights History Trail Map created by Monumental Women, pushing for policy that honors women’s accomplishments, and educating those around them on the history of women’s suffrage in New York City. The program is open to any Girl Scout of any grade level.

The Patch Program is not only an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and impact of women, but is a chance to tangibly impact women’s representation, and to inspire young Girl Scouts that they, too, can change the course of history.

Monumental Women Present 2022 "Moving History Forward" Awards

Congratulations to the wonderful individuals and organizations below honored by the Monumental Women Board for their contributions to increasing the knowledge of and appreciation for Women's History.  The winners are:

 Robin Morgan 

Feminist icon Robin Morgan has been a good friend to Monumental Women since the beginning of our campaign to break the bronze ceiling in Central Park.  As you know, Robin is an award-winning poet, novelist, journalist, and best-selling author. She has published more than 23 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Her 1970 anthology Sisterhood is Powerful has been widely credited with helping to start the contemporary feminist movement and was cited by the New York Public Library as “one of the 100 most influential books of the 20th century.”  Robin is the former Editor-in-Chief of Ms. Magazine, she founded the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, and co-founded the Women's Media Center. She currently writes and hosts WMC Live with Robin Morgan, a syndicated weekly radio program with a national and international audience in 110 countries around the world.  We honor Robin as a truly Monumental Woman 

 Lorraine Hansberry Initiative by The Lillys (Julia Jordan and Lynn Nottage, leaders) 

Monumental Women and The Lillys have been supportive of each other's work since 2017.  The Lillys is an organization celebrating, supporting, and advocating for women theater artists by promoting gender parity at all levels of theatrical production.  The Lilys created the Lorraine Hansberry Initiative which is described as follows: "1959, Lorraine Hansberry became the first female African American playwright on Broadway with her play A Raisin in the Sun. It continues to be one of the most produced plays in the world, but Hansberry’s contribution to the world was far greater than a single play. Her entire body of work as an artist, journalist, and civil rights leader has proven to be as incisive and relevant today as it was during her short lifetime and deserves to be studied and revered as such...Through this initiative, we will keep the current national conversation about race, justice, and economic equality going by honoring Lorraine Hansberry. We will add to the growing movement to honor women and people of color with physical monuments. And, we will alleviate the financial inequality that discourages women and non-binary playwrights of color from pursuing graduate degrees in her chosen art form."  Their sculpture, "To Sit Awhile" by Alison Sarr was unveiled in Times Square on June 9, 2022 and is now touring the Country.  We congratulate the leaders of the Lillys, Julia Jordan (Executive Director) and Lynn Nottage for fighting for social change with The Lorraine Hansberry Project to reflect and respect both history and our responsibility to move it forward.

 Elizabeth Shuler 

Congratulations to Elizabeth H. Shuler, president of the AFL-CIO, a federation of 57 unions, 12.5 million working people across all sectors of the U.S. economy on making history.  She is the first woman to hold the office of president in the history of the labor federation. A visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, Shuler believes the labor movement is a powerful vehicle for progress and that unions are a central force in leading lasting societal transformations. Her leadership has focused on the future of work, clean energy economy, workforce development, and empowering women and young workers. She is committed to leveraging the labor movement’s diversity and power to advance social and economic justice, and to making the benefits of a union voice on the job available to working people everywhere.  Monumental Women is sure that President Shuler will continue to "Move History Forward."

 Kinshasha Holman Conwill 

As an original member of our Design Competition Jury, we are grateful to Kinshasha for the expertise and support she gave us in the creation of our Women's Rights Pioneers Monument in Central Park.  We, of course, also honor our friend Kinshasha for her many years of work for equality and justice as well as for her continuing effort to highlight the importance of knowing and learning from history.  Kinshasha Holman Conwill is Deputy Director of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. She works to fulfill the museum’s vision of expanding its collections, fostering external partnerships, and developing exhibitions and programs. She is lead editor for projects ranging from exhibition catalogs to books on the museum’s collections, including Dream A World Anew: The African American Experience and the Shaping of America and We Return Fighting: World War I and the Shaping of Modern Black Identity. She is a respected author, artist, and expert on contemporary art and the art of Black America. Kinshasha is the former director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, where she curated more than 40 art exhibitions, and was a commissioner for an award-winning contemporary African art exhibition at the Venice Biennale. She is a member of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 Local One Sisters Committee, IATSE 

Thanks to our friends at the Sisters Committee, in 2015, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees became the first union to endorse our effort to break the bronze ceiling in Central Park with a statue honoring women.  Monumental Women is grateful that the Sisters Committee has supported us ever since.   Chartered in 1886 with twelve men, Local One is the oldest and largest stagecraft local of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. Just shy of 100 years later, in 1980, the first woman achieved her Local One card. By 2011, Local One had 2,300 members and with 115 women, on August 12, the first Local One Sisters Committee meeting was held. The Sisters Committee strives to bring women into leadership roles through mentoring, networking and civic engagement. Sisters Committee Founder and Co-Chair Eileen Macdonald testified at New York’s City Hall in support of our Women's Rights Pioneers Monument and has continued to encourage members of all locals of the IATSE to envision bringing women into public spaces. In small rooms and large, embracing hearts and minds, the Sisters Committee continues to “Move History Forward”.  We applaud and support its work.

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