Revealed: Central Park’s First Statue of Historical Women

A new statue depicting women’s rights activists Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton was unveiled in Central Park on Wednesday, becoming the park’s first monument of real-life women. The new statue comes on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted some women the right to vote. Meredith Bergmann created the statue, titled the “Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument.” The piece includes the three women in bronze sitting and standing on a granite pedestal. It portrays Truth speaking, Anthony organizing, and Stanton writing, all elements of activism, according to the artist. “It’s fitting that the first statue of real women in the park depicts women working together to fight for equality and justice, as women will continue to do until the battle is won. We are now calling on other municipalities to join us in creating monuments that honor the many diverse women who helped make those cities great.”

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