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Famous Women Memorialized in New York City

Ellen Levitt

Posted on November 16, 2020 01:00

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Today I went into Manhattan to see the recently installed Women's Rights statue in Central Park, and the RBG mural being painted on a building in the East Village.

If you've read my columns for The Latest, you'll know I love art and have a special affection for outdoor art. The concept of public, outdoor art, which can be seen by anyone who just passes by it or who makes a concerted effort to visit it, is important to me. Art For All makes our lives richer.

My husband and I drove into Manhattan from Brooklyn, to see the Women's Rights Pioneers Monument that was unveiled in Central Park this past August. It's hard to believe that this is only the first Central Park statue of women from history. We strolled into the Park and located the monument which is near other statues, all-male. This one shows Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Before I selfied with it, I stood and admired it. One hundred years after women throughout the U.S. earned the right to vote, we have a wonderful statue of three women, two white and one black, depicted in conversation. 

It is an inspirational monument. It's well done. Hopefully, people of all ages, affinities, locals and tourists, will make the effort to see this statue and think about what it means for us.

Later we drove downtown to the East Village, to see the new Ruth Bader Ginsburg mural that's still in the process of being painted. It's located on the southwest corner of 1st Avenue at East 11th Street. It was really interesting to watch (along with at least 20 other people) this painting coming to life. I had seen the recent makeshift RBG memorials at James Madison High School, and on Election Day I paid a visit to Madison as part of the Election Protection volunteer program. I have long been a fan of hers also because she and I attended the same synagogue in Brooklyn and lived in the same neighborhood. 

It feels good to see tributes to important, powerful women in New York City, and to be honest, anywhere. We think we've achieved so much as far as parity, yet we are constantly reminded of how much more has to be done for women to considered equal.

Now that the U.S. will finally have a woman as a Vice President, another glass ceiling has been shattered. Kamala Harris is definitely a pioneer in politics (by dint of her race and ethnic background as well). Also this past week, the first woman (and Asian American) has been named a baseball team general manager; Kim Ng will hold this prestigious post for the Miami Marlins.

This is all progress; it's not just feel-good public relations. But much more should and can be done. Women and men really should be able to do most things equally. I'd love to see more professional women's team sports, not just the WNBA. I'd like to see more women directing films and TV shows. I'd like to see more women in high positions of politics, more women playing drums and more women as firefighters. We can!

Ellen Levitt

Posted on November 16, 2020 01:00

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NYC R of a beautiful new production about climate change and women’s rights

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