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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.

Instagram post 2157454565287739001_3227754531 Lucy Stone was one of the earliest and most influential advocates of women’s rights in America, as well as a staunch proponent of abolition. She was the first woman in America to keep her own name after marriage, and other women who followed this practice were sometimes called “Lucy Stoners.” Claiming “taxation without representation,” Stone was also the first woman to refuse to pay property taxes because she was not allowed to vote. She helped organize the national women’s rights convention in 1850, the American Equal Rights Association in 1866, and the American Woman Suffrage Association in 1869. In 1870 Stone also founded Woman’s Journal, a weekly suffrage newspaper, and later became its editor. Stone's last words, to her daughter Alice, were, "Make the world better." Stone passed away on October 18, 1893. This stamp honoring her was issued in 1968.⁠
Sources: United States Postal Service, @unitedstatespostalservice; National Park Service @nationalparkservice.⁠
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Instagram post 2156737766074128278_3227754531 Today marks the death of Julia Ward Howe, most famous for composing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” during the Civil War and inspiring the creation of Mother’s Day, she also dedicated herself to the women’s rights movement. She helped to found the New England Women Suffrage Association in 1868 and the American Women Suffrage Association in 1869. Throughout her long life she used her fame as a writer and editor to promote not only women’s rights but also prison reform and international peace.⁠
Source: 100 American Women Who Shaped American History, by Deborah G. Felder 2005.⁠
This portrait of Howe was begun by John Elliot in 1910 and finished by William H. Cotton c. 1925. It hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.⁠
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Monumental Women and Friends Testify at NYC Public Design Commission Hearing.

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 165-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). 

Statues of men in Central Park

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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