While the Statue of Liberty may be the most instantly recognizable monument in New York City, it’s, unfortunately, one of the very few female statues.
The Fearless Girl was built in the Financial District in May 2017, but still, the number of female monuments is abysmal. Therefore, Women.NYC just launched their “She Built NYC!” initiative. The organization is accepting nominations on their website for women who have made significant contributions to New York City or to the world.
Women.NYC explains the initiative: “She Built NYC! is the significant first step in creating a public art collection that more fully represents the diverse history of New York City, beginning with commemorations of visionary and inspiring women.” They outline the rules saying, “Through August 1, She Built NYC! invites New York City residents to submit nominations for women or events in women’s history that should be considered for future public commemorations.”
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🚨BIG NEWS🚨 Today marks the launch of She Built NYC, where we’re asking you to nominate the woman or women you'd most like to see celebrated with a public monument in NYC! Margaret Sanger, Shirley Chisholm, Frances Perkins, Ella Baker, Billie Holiday, the possibilities are endless! Click the link in our bio to submit your nomination now through August 1st! NYC will then commission at least one new work of art dedicated to a woman by the end of 2018. Happy voting! #SheBuiltNYC #nycpowermove #newyorkcity #nyc #women #monument #publicart #vote #girlpower #womenincharge
The guidelines are as follows:
- The event, person, or group must have a significant connection to NYC
- If an event, it must have happened at least 20 years ago; If a person of significance, that person must no longer be living and must be known for an event, movement, or action that took place at least 20 years ago
- Groups or categories of women, not bound by time, will be taken into consideration (e.g., single mothers, immigrant women, domestic workers, etc.)
The Deputy Mayor of New York, Alicia Green, shared her statement, saying, “Bella Abzug’s first campaign slogan was ‘A woman’s place is in the House — the House of Representatives.’ I think Bella’s place is in NYC’s public realm, and I nominate her — my childhood hero and a woman who blazed the trail for generations — as our next monument.”
Head over to https://women.nyc/she-built-nyc/ to nominate a woman today!