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On August 26th, 2020, the non-profit organization Monumental Women unveiled the first statue of women in Central Park, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument features Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony. Prior to the placement of the Women’s Monument, Central Park was home to two dozen statues of men and fictional or mythical women characters. The fourteen-foot bronze Women’s Monument, created by artist Meredith Bergman, stands tall at the south end of the park. The three historical figures – all having lived in New York, visited Central Park, and worked together during the women’s suffrage movement – are depicted conversing around a table. For women and girls who walk past the statue, the valiant women symbolize hope and progress. At its unveiling, Bergman remarked, “This sculpture is breaking the bronze ceiling." The process to place it in the park took seven years, more than $1 million in private funding, and constant push back along the way. Why did it take so long for Central Park to have a statue commemorating women, and why aren’t there more monuments of women in the park?

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on April 13, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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