Government & Politics  December 15, 2022

National Mall eyed for placement of suffrage sculpture

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Placement of a monument in Washington, D.C., commemorating the passage of the 19th Amendment that permitted women to vote took another step this week in a laborious process to place the monument.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, joined Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, to introduce the Women’s Suffrage National Monument Location Act. 

Creation of a monument to women’s suffrage was already signed into law in 2020, but placement of a monument on the National Mall requires a separate act of Congress.

Colorado was the first state to extend the vote to women by referendum. 

“American history has been a struggle between our highest ideals and our worst impulses, and between the promise of equality and the reality of inequality. This bipartisan legislation recognizes and commemorates our nation’s long journey toward securing equality for all,” Bennet said. “The National Mall has been the site of historic calls for progress, and this monument deserves this most dignified location in both our nation’s capital and our nation’s history.” 

Baldwin said that the National Mall is the appropriate place for such a monument.

“I am honored to introduce this bipartisan legislation to ensure that the monument that honors the suffragettes and the fight for women’s right to vote is housed in its rightful place for the world to see, the National Mall. The National Mall is home to memorials for those who fought for our freedom, presidents who defined our country, and the seat of our government, and it is only fitting that it also houses the Women’s Suffrage National Monument,” she said. The push for this monument originated in Loveland. On the 100th anniversary of the Senate’s passage of the 19th Amendment, Bennet introduced bipartisan legislation to install Loveland sculptor Jane DeDecker’s Every Word We Utter sculpture placed in Washington. DeDecker will be among a team of artists who will complete the sculpture. The sculpture would feature Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells, and would become the first outdoor monument to commemorate the women’s suffrage movement.

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