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Friday, June 22, 2018

Nominations For Monument Honoring Women

City Officials Seek Nominations
For Monument Honoring Women
By Rebecca Liebson and Yoav Gonen - June 20, 2018 

New Yorkers are getting a chance to correct a historical disparity by nominating women to be honored with statues around the city - 90 percent of which are now dedicated to men.

“Finding monuments that honor women should not be a scavenger hunt,” said First Lady Chirlane McCray, who announced the project at Bryant Park.

Carmen Fariña, Chirlane McCray and Alicia Glen
“The number of women, both known and unknown to history, worthy of recognition in New York City and New York City’s public spaces is endless - which makes their exclusion so egregious and our campaign to honor them so urgent.”

The initiative, known as “She Built NYC,” will allow the public to submit the names of women who are no longer living, events that occurred at least 20 years ago, or women’s groups.

Submissions can be made online at through Aug. 1.  

At that point, a 19-member advisory panel chaired by city Records Department Commissioner Pauline Toole will whittle down the nominees to a handful.

The winning honoree will be selected by the Department of Cultural Affairs and announced in January.

Among the names officials floated were
“In Central Park, there are 22 monuments to men and one - to Alice in Wonderland,” said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who joined McCray at the park press conference.
“Not even a real woman, you know? Give me a break! Enough is enough!”

Central Park even has a statue of a dog, Balto.

The initiative comes in the wake of Mayor de Blasio’s creation of a monument-review committee, which spent months in late 2017 studying which statues to remove or revise across the five boroughs.

Ultimately, only a single statue - of controversial physician J. Marion Sims - was relocated, from Central Park to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

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.

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. We ask that individuals limit their nominations to no more than 3.

Criteria for Nominations
  • 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.)

Select a nomination
  1. Person of significance
  2. Event of significance
  3. Group of significance
Nominate the woman or event that deserves to be celebrated with a NYC monument!

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