Central Park is home to more than 800 acres of gardens, paths and animal habitats. It is also home to nearly 30 statues, and not one of them of a woman – yet. An effort that began in 2013 is determined to change that and, when all goes according to plan, by August 2020 there will be a statue recognizing Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others from the suffragist movement. This coincides with the centennial of women’s right to vote. What better way to celebrate the efforts of so many brave and courageous women!
FWA President’s Circle firm, New York Life, is actively involved in this initiative.
It is led by The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue fund (http://www.monumentalwomen.org), a non-profit and all-volunteer organization that is working closely with the NYC Parks Department and Central Park Conservancy.
New York Life has issued a challenge grant to match contributions up to $500,000. Heather Nesle, President of the New York Life Foundation, said “New York Life is pleased to join The Statue Fund in honoring women in history. In addition to our commitment to diversity and women’s issues, this grant was appealing to us due to the proud historic relationship New York Life had with the Anthony family.” Susan B. Anthony’s father and other relatives were New York Life insurance agents and Anthony used money from her New York Life insurance policy to guarantee that women students would be admitted to the University of Rochester.
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