One statue isn't the answer, but it's a start
Added 10-21-19 04:13:02am EST - “Children in Central Park clamber around 22 monumental statues depicting real men, while the park contains not a single statue of an actual woman (no, "Alice in Wonderland" doesn't count). Among 150 statues of human beings across New…” - Nydailynews.com
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Children in Central Park clamber around 22 monumental statues depicting real men, while the park contains not a single statue of an actual woman (no, “Alice in Wonderland” doesn’t count). Among 150 statues of human beings across New York City, just five depict women.
That absence sends children a subtle, insidious message — that women’s achievements and lives don’t merit the honor of immortalization.
It’s a problem the city recognizes, with plans to build new monuments to women across the city in coming years, via a generally worthy Chirlane McCray-led initiative called She Built NYC (which, despite an outpouring of support, has so far stupidly sidelined Mother Cabrini, the only American saint, but that’s an editorial for another day).
For Central Park, the city’s Public Design Commission must today take a small but profound step by okaying plans for a statue depicting Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth — three giants of the movement to win women the right to vote, and New Yorkers all.
The would-be monument, largely privately funded, has been delayed over ridiculous handwringing about Anthony and Stanton’s history of racist statements, and complaints that it portrays an allegorical meeting between the three women, not a real moment from history.
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