Twenty Years After Suffragists Statue Victory, The Quest Continues For a National Women’s History Museum
Twenty years after suffragists statue victory, the quest continues for a national women’s history museum
Statues of pioneers for women’s suffrage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, left, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott in the Capitol Rotunda. (Michael Mathes/AFP/Getty Images)
Of all the excuses given for why a statue of three suffragettes could not be moved into the Capitol Rotunda, Joan Wages thought the most disheartening was the observation that the women, as depicted, were rather unattractive.
Wages and a group of women had been pushing members of Congress to move the statue, formally called the Portrait Monument. It had been donated to the country by the National Women’s Party in February 1921, a year …