ROCKFORD (WREX) — The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. And 100 years after the amendment was ratified, a Rockford group is working to memorialize those from our community who helped advocate for the cause.
"Well, there's not a statue in our area that has been designated to women," says Livia Bane, director of provider services at YWCA.
The Women's Suffrage Centennial Steering Committee is working to dedicate a mosaic statue in honor of women past, present, and future. Now, they need your help.
The group's goal is to raise $75,000 for the statue and its dedication, hoping it will permanently represent the hard work done by the women of Rockford.
"We've got lots of women who've done lots of things in our community and it's time to have a permanent figure dedicated to that. "
Elaine Hirschenberger, executive director of Womanspace and chair of WSC2020 Sculpture Committee, described the sculpture as a three-sided tower topped with a reflective woman symbol looking like an open globe.
She says the statue will be built in mosaic fashion with the three sides depicting women's suffragists Kate F. O'Connor, Dr. Connie Good, and three-to-four nonspecific, young women of diverse backgrounds. The statue will be surrounded by six benches to create a place for gathering and plaques explaining the purpose of each part of the piece.
The statue is set to be dedicated on August 18, 2020, but an exact location has yet to be decided. Conversation is currently taking place between the group and the Rockford Park District.
To donate to the Women's Centennial Sculpture, click here.