Women's Suffrage Statue Set For Congessional Vote
Next year, the United States will be celebrating100 years of universal female suffrage. It is only right that this anniversary be celebrated, with a prominent statue to some of the great heroines of American history.
The United States House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill to install a statue celebrating Women’s Suffrage on the National Mall, in Washington D.C.
The proposed statue “Every Word We Utter” was designed by Colorado-based sculptor, June DeDecker in order to celebrate the centenary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed universal female suffrage, on August 18th 2020.
DeDecker has won numerous awards for her work, including winning the prestigious C. Percival Dietsch Prize for Sculpture in the round, in 2008. Some relevant other pieces of her artwork include the statues “Harriet Tubman” at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, “Emily Dickinson” at Converse College in Spartanbury, South Carolina and “Amelia Earhart” at the Earhart Elementary School in Oakland, California.
In 2018, the first statue of a woman on Parliament Square in Westminster was unveiled, to commemorate the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act , which guaranteed universal female suffrage in Great Britain.
The woman honoured with the statue was Dame Millicent Fawcett, who not only was President of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, but also co-founded Newham College, Cambridge University, and broke away from the Liberal Unionists in 1904 over Joseph Chamberlain’s challenge to Britain’s long-standing free-trade policy.
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