New York City, United States, Aug 26 (efe-epa).- New York City on Wednesday unveiled the first statue at Central Park honoring real women.
The Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument pays tribute to Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in the month marking the centenary of the adoption of the 19th United States Constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote.
This milestone was achieved after seven years of campaigning by the non-profit Monumental Women, which had noticed that in the nearly 170 years of Central Park’s history, not a single statue dedicated to prominent female figures had been installed.
Specifically, of the 23 statues that are spread across the 340 hectares of the iconic park in New York City, only three statues pay tribute to female characters, but all of them are fictional: Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, a character from French fairy tales, and Shakespeare’s Juliet, who appears with Romeo.
At a ceremony in Central Park, a large purple cloth covering the bronze statue was pulled off to reveal the artwork, which portrays Truth, Stanton and Anthony, all of them New Yorkers, at a table.
Ex-US secretary of state and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was among the attendees.
“There is nothing more important… to honor the women portrayed in this statue than to vote. That is the best way to lead America forward; as the suffragists used to say, ‘forward through the darkness, forward into light,'” Clinton said during the unveiling.
“We are here to move history forward, and not even a pandemic can stop us,” Pam Elam, president of the board of Monumental Women, said at the event. “What we all seek is nothing less than a full and fair historical record … that reflects the contribution of all women and people of color, and we won’t stop until we win that.”
The statue has been created by renowned sculptor, Meredith Bergmann who said that “these three women were very important to the stature, the rights, the citizenship that we as women enjoy today.”
“I want the piece to be in-depth, so as you pass it day after day or visit it once a year, there is more to discover,” she added. “There is detail hidden everywhere in the sculpture and a lot of it has meaning.”
The statue was inaugurated after a seven-year effort by Monumental Women, an organization made up of volunteers, women’s rights defenders, historians and community leaders, who raised $1.5 million to finance the artwork. EFE-EPA