Where are the Women?

March 3, 2017
Girl Scout Troop 3484 gathers in New York City’s Central Park. This is the spot where the Statue Fund wants to place a statue of women leaders.
COURTESY GINA SOHN AND BRIDGET SMALL

Walk through any park in the United States and you will see historic statues. But how many are statues of women?

In New York City's Central Park, there are statues of Mother Goose, Alice (from Alice in Wonderland), Juliet (with Romeo), and angels. But not one statue depicts a real woman.

Pam Elam wants to change that. She started a nonprofit organization called the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, or the Statue Fund. The group is working to raise $1.5 million to create and install a bronze statue of Stanton and Anthony in the park. In the late 1800s, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony led the charge for women's right to vote. Elam says the statue is a way to honor all suffragists. "We're inspired by the women [who came] before us," Elam says. "We won't let anything stop us from achieving our goal."

Rally the Troops

Charlotte Hartog, 10, is a member of Girl Scout Troop 3484, in New York City. Her troop is working to spread the word about the Statue Fund. Charlotte says the girls in the troop were upset to learn there were no statues of real women. "It should be equal," she told TFK. "It's important to have all types of role models."

The New York City Parks Department has approved the monument request. If the fund raises enough money, the statue will be unveiled on August 26, 2020. The date will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. "If Stanton and Anthony were alive to see this," Elam says, "they would say, 'Good job! The fight goes on.'"