About Monumental Women
At Monumental Women, we have a three-part approach to moving history forward:
We were officially created as an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization in 2014 with the initial goal of breaking the bronze ceiling and creating the first statue of real women in Central Park’s 167-year history. The Park has statues of Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, Juliet with Romeo, witches, nymphs, and angels – but no real women…until now. Our monument of Women’s Rights Pioneers Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton will be unveiled on August 26, 2020, the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th “Votes For Women” amendment to the constitution. 2020 is also the 200th anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony. All three women were not only Women’s Rights Pioneers, but New Yorkers as well.
Monumental Women has the further goals of increasing awareness and appreciation of Women’s History through a nationwide education campaign and challenging municipalities across the country to rethink the past and reshape the future by including tributes in their public spaces to the diverse women who helped create and inspire those cities.
For us, as a not-for profit, tax exempt charity trying to donate a work of art to the City, it has also been a very complicated experience. For the last seven years, we have persisted and moved history forward in Central Park. Now we are in the home stretch. With your continued support we can cross the finish line. Please plan to join us for the unveiling of our statue in 2020!
The statue’s strategic location in the heart of Central Park, within walking distance of many museums and tourist attractions, will ensure that many of Central Park’s 42 million annual visitors become more aware of women’s contributions to our shared history.
We invite you to join our campaign—by helping us raise the $1.5 million needed to commission, install, and maintain the statue, or by spreading the word through social media. Together, we can bring Monumental Women to Central Park for the first time.
Did You Know?
For large parts of their lives, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were New Yorkers. In New York City during a period that lasted over fifty years, Stanton and Anthony organized and attended countless conventions, rallies, marches and meetings. In addition:
- They founded the Women’s Loyal National League here in 1863 and were responsible for collecting over 400,000 petition signatures to urge President Abraham Lincoln and Congress to immediately end slavery through the 13th Amendment.
- Stanton was the first woman to run for Congress in 1866 and she did it here in what was then the Eighth Congressional District. Stanton ran as an Independent and received 24 votes out of the 12,000 cast by male voters.
- Stanton and Anthony wrote and published their newspaper, The Revolution, in New York City from 1868-70.
- They founded the National Woman Suffrage Association here in 1869. The list of historical milestones goes on and on.
- We know from their writings and other sources that Anthony enjoyed walking in Central Park. We know that Stanton took carriage rides and played with her children there. From 1862 to 1902, Stanton and her family lived at four different Westside Manhattan homes, always with a room for Anthony in each (75 West 45 Street, 464 West 34 Street, 26 West 61 Street, and 250 West 94 Street). Sadly, Stanton died in 1902 at an apartment only a few blocks from Central Park.
Sojourner Truth, was born into slavery in Ulster County, New York in 1797. She went on to become one of the most powerful advocates for human rights in the nation. She escaped from slavery in 1827 and later joined the abolitionist movement. She lived in and around New York City from 1828 to 1843. By the 1850s Sojourner Truth joined the fight for women’s rights as well. At the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio, Truth delivered what is now recognized as one of the most famous abolitionist and women’s rights speeches in American history, “Ain’t I a Woman?”.