[ti:New York's Central Park to Gain Statue of Women in History]
[00:00.04]New York City will finally honor real women with a statue in its famous Central Park.
[00:10.16]City officials voted this week for the creation of a statue of three female civil rights leaders.
[00:19.76]Central Park has 23 statues of men who were important in history, but none of women.
[00:29.60]In fact, females are represented only by statues of imaginary characters.
[00:37.38]These include a statue of Alice, the hero of Alice in Wonderland books by 19th century British writer Lewis Carroll.
[00:49.08]The new statue from artist Meredith Bergmann is to be uncovered next August.
[00:56.92]Visitors will see the representation of past activists Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.
[01:09.00]The three women were contemporaries and leaders in the anti-slavery, women's rights and anti-alcohol movements.
[01:19.80]Their activism helped to secure the right of women to vote in 1920.
[01:27.24]Pam Elam is president of the non-profit organization Monumental Women.
[01:34.52]It worked with historians, community leaders and local officials in support of the statue.
[01:43.32]Elam said the artwork shows "the power of women working together
[01:49.28]to bring about revolutionary change in our society."
[01:55.08]The group privately raised $1.5 million to create and care for the new statue and a linked educational program.
[02:08.68]Bergmann's early design for the statue included only Anthony and Stanton.
[02:16.00]Observers criticized its lack of African-American representation,
[02:21.60]noting that women of that group were also important to the fight for women's suffrage.
[02:29.64]So, Bergmann redesigned the statue to add Truth.
[02:35.64]Central Park is not the only area of New York limited in statues representing historical women.
[02:45.00]In fact, the government group She Built NYC
[02:49.82]says the large city of five boroughs has just five public statues of women from history.
[02:59.84]A 2016 news story in the magazine Smithsonian.com reported that women
[03:06.94]were the subject of only about seven percent of public statues in the United States that depict real people.
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