On August 19th, 2020, the city of Lexington celebrated the centennial of the 19th Amendment in a suffrage monument dedication ceremony.
The initiative to erect this monument started when Jennifer Mossotti came across an article in TIME magazine in August 2017 about the lack of representation of female statues in the public space. A quick search revealed that in her hometown, Lexington, there was not a single statue that honors a real woman. Soon after, she gathered a group of talented women to found the “Breaking the Bronze Ceiling” organization to build a monument to commemorate women’s suffrage in August 2020.
The sculptress Barbara Grygutis got the commission and created a magnificent monument of five 20-foot white aluminum silhouetted sculptures in the shape of women that stand together. A light illuminates the sculptures from within, creating an effect of a community beacon at night time.
The monument, titled STAND, honors all women who fought for the right to vote, particularly suffragists in Lexington and Kentucky. Among them are:
- Elizabeth “Lizzie” B. Cooke Fouse (1875-1952) was the 4th president of the Kentucky Association of Colored Women.
- Frances Jewell McVey (1889-1945) was an Equal Rights Association activist who produced a play about suffrage.
- Frances Estill Beauchamp (1857-1923) was a Kentucky suffragist, Woman’s Christian Temperance Union leader, reformer, orator, and philanthropist.
- Ida Withers Harrison (1851-1927) was a women’s education and women’s rights activist and a talented orator who served on the Kentucky Equal Rights Association lecture bureau.
- Kate Meriwether Barker (1859-1947) served as the Dean of Women at Kentucky State University and was a leader at the Kentucky Equal Rights Association.
- Mary Barr Clay (1839-1924) was the first Kentucky woman to speak publicly about women’s rights, the founder of suffrage clubs, and the first Southerner elected president of a national suffrage association.
- Laura Clay (1849-1941) was one of the most notable suffragists in the South, co-founder and first president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association, and a leader of the American women’s suffrage movement.
- Linda Neville (1873-1961) was the president of the Fayette Equal Rights Association (1910-1913) and a children’s and women’s health advocate and reformer.
- Lucy Wilmot Smith (1861-1889) was a teacher, journalist, editor, suffragist, and historian who advocated for equal opportunities for women and women of color.
- Madeline McDowell Breckinridge (1872-1920) was a prominent leader of the Kentucky women’s suffrage movement. She founded many civic organizations and initiated progressive reforms in the states.
- Dr. Mary E. Britton (1855-1925) was a suffragist, orator, and educator; in 1902, she became the first woman in Lexington to be licensed to practice medicine.
- Mary Scrugham (1885-1965) was a suffragist and educator who engaged her students in the suffrage matter.
"Stand" statue honoring women suffragists unveiled in Lexington
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