Central Park gets its first monument honouring womens rights advocates on 100th anniversary of suffrage

The sculpture depicting Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth in Central Park

A bronze statue depicting three pivotal womens rights advocates, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth, was unveiled today in Central Park in New York, marking the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing the right of US women to vote.

The event drove home how few women are represented in the city's statues of historic figures depicting women. As quoted by CNN, Pam Elam, the president of Monumental Women, the organisation that has led the campaign for the creation of the sculpture, says that only five of the city's 145 statues of historic figures depict women. And this one is said to be the first in Central Park to depict real women, as opposed to fictional characters like Alice in Wonderland.

Anthony, a forceful womens rights activist, and Stanton, who earlier established a profile as an abolitionist, together pushed for womens suffrage. Truth, who was born into slavery but later escaped, championed abolition and womens rights in heralded speeches.

"Were still fighting so that every eligible American can cast their ballot and know their vote will be counted regardless of race, age, or geography," posted the former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who attended the unveiling. "It's a battle worth fRead More – Source

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