We at EWI are always excited to hear about women’s accomplishments being celebrated, and are thrilled to promote the news of the Virginia Women’s Monument, which is currently accepting nominations for the Wall of Honor. Virginia is a state with a rich historical background, yet the public knows far too little about the history of Virginia women. Women have made significant contributions that have helped shape the Commonwealth, but until now they have received little official recognition. The upcoming Virginia Women’s Monument, planned for Richmond’s Capitol Square, is an effort to rectify this lack of acknowledgement by recognizing the full range of women’s achievements throughout our history.
The Virginia Women’s Monument, Voices from the Garden, will be the first monument of its kind in the nation recognizing the full range of women’s achievements. Voices is designed as an oval shaped garden, which encompasses twelve bronze statues of significant women from the state, representing four centuries of Virginia history. A glass panel, etched with the names of other noteworthy Virginia women, will enclose one side of the monument, while a bench, listing milestones in Virginia women’s history, will make up the other side.
“Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings and this Monument will be a welcome addition to Capitol Square and a worthy tribute to the many contributions of Virginia’s women” said William J. Howell, Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates and member of the Women’s Monument Commission.
You can help make this monument a reality by spreading the word to your family, friends and colleagues, inviting members of the Women’s Monument Commission to speak to your group, making a contribution toward the $3.7 million that the Commission is tirelessly working to raise, or nominating a deserving women for the Wall of Honor. To do so, please visit the Commission’s website: http://womensmonumentcom.virginia.gov/.
According to Mary Margaret Whipple, Vice-Chair of the Commission, “It is our hope that this Monument will stand as a lasting reminder of the vital roles that women have played in Virginia history, and will serve to help educate and inspire future generations of Virginians.” Together we can make history and create the first monument in America to celebrate four centuries of women and their contributions to our state and nation.
Please consider proposing a woman who has made significant history in your area. For more information on the monument, please visit the Women’s Monument Commission website or call (804) 663-7848.