Central Park gets its first monument honouring women’s rights advocates on 100th anniversary of suffrage

A bronze statue depicting three pivotal women’s rights advocates, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth, was unveiled today in Central Park in New York, marking the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing the right of US women to vote.

The event drove home how few women are represented in the city’s statues of historic figures depicting women. As quoted by CNN, Pam Elam, the president of Monumental Women, the organisation that has led the campaign for the creation of the sculpture, says that only five of the city’s 145 statues of historic figures depict women. And this one is said to be the first in Central Park to depict real women, as opposed to fictional characters like Alice in Wonderland.

By Nancy Kenny, The Art Newspaper

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