Of the 23 statues of historical figures in Central Park, not a single one features a woman.
A group is working to change that, raising money for a statue that would honor Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (pictured at right), leaders in the women’s suffrage movement. The names of other female leaders would also be inscribed on the statue.
The statue would be located in Central Park at West 77th Street and Central Park West. “The statue’s strategic location—across from the New-York Historical Society and near the American Museum of Natural History—will ensure that many of Central Park’s 40 million annual visitors become more aware of women’s contributions to our shared history,” a website about the project, monumentalwomen.org, notes.
The group has the backing of the NYC Parks Department (although it will be privately funded). “Since the early days of my time at NYC Parks, I’ve agreed that it’s long past time to honor the contributions of the women’s suffrage movement with a monument – and what better place to do it than in Central Park?” wrote Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver.