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Mon Oct 21, 2019, 08:27 PM

New York's Central Park To Erect First Sculpture Honoring Women

Source: The Guardian

Monument will depict three pioneers in fight for women’s rights: Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. New York’s Central Park has 23 statues of men, who left their mark in history, but not a single one honoring the accomplishments of a woman.

That will change after a city commission voted on Monday to erect a monument depicting three pioneers in the fight for women’s rights: Susan B Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.

The likeness of Truth, an escaped slave and abolitionist, was belatedly added to the sculpture in response to criticism that African American suffragists were initially excluded.

“This statue conveys the power of women working together to bring about revolutionary change in our society,” said Pam Elam, president of the monumental women nonprofit of volunteer advocates, historians and community leaders, which has gained key support from Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer...


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/21/new-york-central-park-first-sculpture-honoring-women



The bronze sculpture will be dedicated in Aug. 2020 on the Mall, an elegant park promenade lined with American elm trees. It will join male statues of Columbus, Alexander Hamilton, Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott. 2020 marks 100 years since American women won the right to vote.

Sculptor Bergmann whose design was selected from 91 competitors said, "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.”

- Susan B Anthony: American social reformer and women’s rights activist, born in 1820, who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton, born in 1815, known as a social activist, abolitionist and suffragist.
- Sojourner Truth escaped from slavery in 1827. At the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, she delivered her now-iconic speech titled, 'Ain’t I a Woman?'

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Reply New York's Central Park To Erect First Sculpture Honoring Women (Original post)
appalachiablue Oct 21 OP
DURHAM D Oct 21 #1
appalachiablue Oct 21 #3
homegirl Oct 21 #2
BigmanPigman Oct 21 #4
appalachiablue Oct 21 #6
BumRushDaShow Oct 21 #5
Alwaysna Oct 21 #7
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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 08:33 PM

1. They have an excuse...it is only 2019. nt

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Response to DURHAM D (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 08:56 PM

3. Wouldn't want to rush anything, lol. It's good- finally..

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 08:48 PM

2. About

time!!!


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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:28 PM

4. The perspective seems odd.

Susan B. Anthony's head and neck look too big. I know The David has a large head on purpose since it was to be viewed from the ground and Michelangelo wanted it to seem more proportional from that perspective. Is that what this artist is doing?

I guess I shouldn't complain since it took this long to put one up in the first place.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #4)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:34 PM

6. Anthony's head and even the other two seem a bit big now

that you mention it. Maybe for the perspective, dunno. Otherwise the figures are good- the clothing, hair, details, expressions.



Susan B. Anthony, 1870.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:32 PM

5. Good!

Long overdue!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2019, 09:59 PM

7. Lexington Mo has an interesting statue of a pioneer woman.

She's carrying a baby and a young child holds onto her skirt as they walk.

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Response to Alwaysna (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 22, 2019, 01:43 AM

8. "Madonna of the Trail"

One of many...




However, the ratio of statues honoring women have been far too few. I'm most happy to learn there'll be one in Central Park and can't wait to see it.




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