Monumental Women Are
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The 100th anniversary of the ratificationof the 19th Amendment and the unveiling ofthe first statue of real women in Central Park.

Harriot Stanton Blatch, the daughter of Elizabeth Harriot Stanton Blatch, the daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, not only carried on her Mother’s Legacy, but became a leader herself in the New York State campaign for Woman Suffrage. However, she followed a rather winding road. Harriot lost her American citizenship when, in 1882, she married an English businessman and moved to Basingstoke, a town near London. There she raised a family and participated in various political activities. After twenty years abroad, Harriot returned to New York State from England, in 1902, and started organizing for women’s rights. She brought with her a more activist approach to politics that she had learned in England from Emmeline Pankhurst, among others. Harriot was deeply interested in the plight of working women and, in 1906, created the Equality League of Self-Supporting Women. Thousands of women employed in factories, laundries, and garment shops joined the League and participated in its open-air meetings, parades, and lobbying efforts. In 1910, the name of the group changed to the Women’s Political Union, but the purpose of the organization remained the same – to obtain a State constitutional amendment for Woman Suffrage. Harriot Stanton Blatch was an excellent lobbyist in Albany and brought a new level of energy and enthusiasm to the Suffrage Campaign. However, the political differences between Harriot Stanton Blatch and Carrie Chapman Catt led to a major falling out between the two women. The Women’s Political Union eventually merged with the Congressional Union (later the National Woman’s Party) led by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns to work for a federal Woman Suffrage amendment and, after that, the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. When the United States entered World War I, Harriot devoted much of her time to the Women’s Land Army and other efforts to support the war. In addition, she wrote books, ran for public office, supported the League of Nations, and worked for world peace.
On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams wrote that famous On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams wrote that famous letter to husband John urging that he and the other men writing the Declaration of Independence "Remember the Ladies." They didn't. Here we are in 2020 still fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment.

October 21, 2019 – New York City Public Design Commission Approves First Statue Depicting Real Women in Central Park

December 3rd, 2019 – Monumental Women received unanimous approval from the City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.

There are 23 statues of historical figures in Central Park, but not one honors a woman. Together, we are changing that.

After years of work, we’ve won approval from the Parks Department to break the bronze ceiling and build a statue featuring New Yorkers Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth (abolitionists, suffragists, and women’s rights pioneers) in New York City’s Central Park. Now we have to raise funds to commission and maintain that statue as well as to support other components of our Monumental Women Campaign. In addition, we plan more statues to honor other valiant women as well as an extensive Women’s History Education Campaign to highlight the contributions of ALL women.  We need your help.

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Creating the first-ever statue honoring real women in the 167-year history of New York City’s Central Park

Writing all women back into the historical record through an inclusive education campaign in partnerships with museums and libraries

Challenging U.S. municipalities to recognize and honor the contributions of all women and people of color with tributes in their public spaces

A Polish king. A Venezuelan military leader. A Prussian naturalist. Even a sled dog. Alice in Wonderland and Mother Goose have statues in Central Park as does Juliet (with Romeo). 

There are many allegorical figures, nymphs, and angels, but no real women.

Get ready – Monumental Change Is Coming!

Here come the women.  We will soon show the world that New York celebrates Monumental Women and that Women’s Equality matters to all of us.

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The Statue Fund has successfully raised the full $500,000 match for the Challenge Grant from New York Life. Thanks to New York Life and all our supporters who made this wonderful achievement possible. 

Your generosity brings us close to reaching our total $1.5 million project budget goal.  As you know, The Statue Fund is an all volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit group and registered charity.  All contributions are tax deductible.  We welcome and are grateful for your contributions.


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