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Welcome to my collection of women who have made a unique contribution to their community, nation or the world and have been remembered with a statue. Women are rarely remembered by a statue.  Most statues of women are mythical or composite characters. This collection is dedicated to real women who made a difference to their community and our history.
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...historic women remembered in stone and bronze 
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Tucson

by Joanne Mallett on 02/25/13

So far I can find only one historic female statue in Tucson, Arizona! Reading that there is one in the Quincie Douglas branch of the Pima County library, I went there to find it.  I was quite surprised to find it to be only 14 inches tall!  And it is a lovely little statue.  Quincie Douglas was an activist and great philanthropist for the less advantaged of the community.  Her friend Margaret Campbell was a novelist, and also a philanthropist.  They are both captured in this statue of the two of them looking at a book. I am so glad that at least they both have been remembered in statue.    

Wyoming, a state of many statues, but....

by Joanne Mallett on 07/23/12

I found Wyoming to have many beautiful statues: bison, horses, bighorn sheep and other wildlife; and many horsemen and cowboys; plus former U.S. Presidents; but, only three historic women so far as I can find.  In Gillette there is a statue on almost every downtown corner, but not one historic woman.

The three women I found were:  Louisa Ann Swain; Ester Hobart Morris and Sacagawea.  I hope the future in this state, so obviously in love with statuary art, will see more historic women.  

Another Sacagawea statue

by Joanne Mallett on 07/15/12

Last Tuesday, going through Cody, Wyoming, I caught a female statue out of the corner of my eye.  I hadn't known there might be one in Cody, so I wasn't prepared.  I turned around to see a Sacagawea statue. Because of road conditions, it was impossible to return to photograph it.  

There are at least 18 statues of the woman who helped Lewis and Clarke, more perhaps than any woman I have seen in statue other than Mary, the Mother of Christ.  My friend Lynne says Sacagawea is so admired by women, "because she told the men where to go!" 
I'll try to be more alert, so I won't miss opportunities to add to my collection.    

other Wyoming Women

by Joanne Mallett on 06/30/12

In Laramie I found the statue of Louisa Ann Swain, "the first woman in the United States to vote under laws guaranteeing women political equality."  This was 50 years before the US constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the vote.   Her statue is in the courtyard of the Wyoming House of Historic Women.
Then, the next day we went to Lander, Wyoming, where, outside the town, in the "Sacagawea Cemetery" I was able to photograph the statue there of Sacagawea.  Her presence in this community, and later the cemetery (with her sons and grandchildren), is controversial.  There are those who are committed to this view of her life, while other claim that she died at age 24 in  North Dakota (indeed Lewis believed her to be dead).  To me this means that there have been in the past, and now are, many who cherish the view of Wyoming as a place where the rights of women are cherished, and the presence of strong women has been celebrated.     

Wyoming, a surprising advocate for women's rights

by Joanne Mallett on 06/25/12

Welcome to my blog about my journey!  I am traveling around the United States looking for statues of historic women. I have now photographed over 50 statues; a friend suggested that I add some narrative about this journey, thus the blog.

In addition to the wonderful statue of Esther Hobart Morris in front of the Wyoming State Capitol, in Cheyenne, I learned a lot today about the state of Wyoming. In 1869 Wyoming granted women the right to vote, the first US governmental body to do so!  The state seal itself carries the slogan "EQUAL RIGHTS" at the very top, on a banner draped over the shoulders of a woman.