STATUES.com launches “Where are the Women?” crowdfunding campaign

STATUES.com launches “Where are the Women?” crowdfunding campaign

 

Marking 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote by creating 20 historic statues by 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 6, 2018) — STATUES.com has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bolster public recognition of trailblazing women in American history by creating a first-of-its-kind 20-piece statue collection.

The “Where are the Women: Shaping Women’s History Through Sculpture” launch event took place at the Impact Hub in Salt Lake City, featuring a two-story historical art display of large-scale photographs, videos and live sculpting.  The first three statues of the new collection were unveiled, including Susan B. Anthony, Juliette Gordon Low and Ida B. Wells.  Additionally, a panel of experts addressed female visibility both past and present.

“It’s extremely important that women who have made a difference in the world we live in are visible,” said Salt Lake City mayor, Jackie Biskupski, in a video played at the event.  “More of those stories need to be revealed, more youth inspired, more women stepping up and leading.  Our voices matter and I think the world would be very different if more women were leading.”

Photo by Sebastian Voortman from Pexels

 

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art Inventories Catalog has estimated that out of 5,200 public statues in the U.S. depicting historical figures, less than 400 are of women – many of which are nameless and allegorical in nature.

“For more than forty years, our family has played a key role in shaping history through sculpture,” said Victoria Karpos, custom project coordinator for STATUES.com.  “Recognizing the gender gap within our own industry, we decided now was the time to create a special collection highlighting the extraordinary women in America who have fought diligently for the rights of all.”

With a crowdfunding goal of $30,000, the new collection will feature 7-inch tall busts of 20 trailblazing women from the 19th and 20th centuries who made an impact across politics, education, science and the arts.  Once in production, the statues will be similar to others that the company has sold at the Smithsonian and other museum gift shops across the country, including Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King and many more.

         

Statues.com Sculpting Susan B.Anthony from photos, Hamilton bust, Obama bust, Jefferson bust, Eagle

For more information, visit the Kickstarter link at https://kck.st/2M1eLCR.  Below is a complete list of women to be sculpted and produced:

    Abby Keller Foster (1811-1887)

Radical social reformer, feminist, vehement abolitionist, and lecturer. Although known for being outspokenly anticlerical and antigovernment almost to the point of anarchyshe was still regarded as a prominent and high respected member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. In 1837, she devoted herself to speaking for the immediate abolition of slavery and spoke passionately on “come-outerism,” the belief that abolitionists must leave church that did not fully condemn slavery.

    Alice Ball (1892-1916)

A renowned and respected chemist. Ball was the first African-American woman to graduate with a Master of Science degree in chemistry; and the first to develop a successful treatment for those suffering from Hansen’s disease, otherwise known as leprosy. She discovered the treatment by successfully isolating the active chemicals in chaulmoogra oil, a topical agent used in Chinese and Indian medicine, creating an injectable vaccine. Known as the “Ball Method,” it became the only treatment for leprosy until the arrival of antibiotics in the late 1940s.

    Alice Paul (1885-1977)

Radical women’s rights activist and civil rights supporter. After earning a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1912, Paul helped form the National Woman’s Party with the goal of implementing change on a federal level. Unafraid of using dramatic tactics, members of the Nationals Woman’s Party, named ‘Silent Sentinels” picketed the White House for eighteen months under President Woodrow’s administration in 1917. Causing an uproar for protesting a wartime president, Paul was jailed for seven months, where she organized hunger-strikes and underwent force feedings. After the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, Paul worked on introducing the first Equal Rights Amendment, civil rights bills, and fair employment practices.

  Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894)

Women’s rights activist, journalist, and publisher. Bloomer created the temperance newspaper called “The Lilly,” which is still active today online. The newspaper served as a public platform to tackle women’s rights issues and for women to be heard. More notably, she was a strong advocate for changes in women’s fashion that would be less restrictive. At this time, women wore confining corsets under their dresses. Bloomer suggested that women adopt a new style – loose tops and skirts that stopped at the knee, with a pair of pants underneath. Bloomer revolutionized fashion in the United States and allowed women to feel comfortable in their own clothing.

   Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947)

Political strategist, suffragist, and peace activist. She directed the National American Woman Suffrage Association, founded the League of Women Voters, and founded the International Woman Suffrage Alliance that worked to spread democracy around the globe. She believed it was a woman’s humans right to participate in politics on an equal basis with men. Above all, she was angry that women had no control over their lives and felt that political participation would give them a voice in the decisions that affected them.

 Clara Barton (1821-1912)

An educator, patent clerk, nurse, and founder of the American Red Cross. Known as the “Angel of the Battlefield,” Barton aided countless injured soldiers during the Civil War as a volunteer nurse, risking her life every day to bring supplies and support to the battlefield. At the age of 60, she came back to the United States to establish the American Red Cross Society in 1881. She served as the president for the next 23 years. Their work aided communities who were affected by the Texas famine of 1886, the yellow fever epidemic in Florida, the Johnstown flood in 1889, and more.

 Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815 – 1902)

Women’s rights activist, feminist, writer, and editor. Alongside Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony, Stanton held the Seneca Falls Convention in July 1848. She served as the leading writer behind the Declaration of Sentiments, a call to arms for female equality and proposing women be granted the right to vote. She helped form the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869; traveled often giving lectures and speeches on women’s rights; assisted in writing the first three volumes of the History of Women’s Suffrage; and spoke openly about the role religion played in the struggle for women’s rights, promoting divorce as a womanly right.

  Florence Bascom (1862-1945)

Professional researcher, geologist, professor, and one of the first women to receive a PhD in geology. She is considered a pioneer in geoscience, as her PhD research furthered the modern understanding of the origins and formation of the Appalachian Mountains, and mapped a good chunk of the United States. Bascom was a major trailblazer in the geology field as she was the first woman to be hired by the US Geological Society in 1901; followed by being the first female officer of the US Geological Society of America. Although a full time geology professor, she maintained an active field research position with the USGS, specializing in petrography, the science of classifying rocks and minerals.

 Ida B. Wells (1862-1931)

Activist, abolitionist, feminist, and journalist. She brought international attention to the lynching of African-Americans in the South. As a journalist, she began her career by writing editorials in black newspapers that challenged Jim Crow laws. After the lynching of three of her friends in 1892, she led an anti-lynching crusade throughout the 1890s where she found most victims had challenged white authority or had successfully competed with white men in business or politics. In 1892, she published an article titled “Southern Horrors,” where she detailed all her findings on lynching of black men in the south. She advocated for women’s suffrage, formed the National Association of Colored Women in 1896, and was a founding member of the NAACP in 1909.

  Ida Tarbell (1892 – 1926)

A journalist and women’s rights activist. Dubbed the greatest muckraking journalist of the 20th century, Ida Tarbell transformed investigative journalism. After watching the destruction of her father’s business by the hands of John D. Rockefeller, she embarked on a ground-breaking study on unfair business practices of the Standard Oil Company. Her work ignited public outrage and led to the governmental prosecution of the company. She founded the “American Magazine” in 1906 and authored biographies of many important people of the time. Her journalism work opened doors to women seeking careers in journalism and gave them a solid platform to use their voice.

 Juliette Gordon Low (1860 -1927)

A philanthropist, educator, and humanitarian. Founded the Girl Scouts of the United States of America in 1911 after visiting the Girl Guides in England. She was a firm believer in the incredible potential of all girls and the important of fostering their growth and character. Her first troop included 18 ethnically diverse girls – reaching across class, ethnic, and cultural boundaries for young girls to develop their leadership skills. She gathered friends and supporters to keep the Girl Scouts running – ensuring that it would always be “girl led.” Low, who went by Daisy, was deaf in one ear – she would use her “deafness” to her advantage when people tried to back out of their commitments, inevitably forcing them to stay true to their word.

 Lois Weber (1879 -1939)

A silent screen actress, screenwriter, producer, and director. She is considered “the most important female director the American film industry has even known.” Weber is known for pioneering the use of split screen technique to show simultaneous action. Working alongside her husband, she was the first director to successfully experiment with sound in the United States. She was also the first American woman to direct a full length film and own her own film studio. Her most notable films were controversial as they included the first feature of a full-frontal female nude scene and highlighted discussions on abortion and birth control. She is also credited for discovering, mentoring, and creating film stars of many women in the 20th century.

  Lucretia Mott (1793 – 1800)

Feminist activist, abolitionist, social reformer, and pacifist. She is considered the leading figure who helped launch the women’s rights movement and spent her entire life fighting for social and political reform on behalf of women, African-Americans, and other marginalized groups. Raised a Quaker, Mott believed that all people are equals. She helped found the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1833 and held a convention in 1838 that brought together 175 black and white female abolitionists together; co-wrote the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 for the first Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York with Elizabeth Cady Stanton that demanded that women be seen as equals; and, with her husband, founded Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in 1864.

   Maria Mitchell (1818 – 1889)

An astronomer, educator, and scientist. With her father’s enthusiasm and encouragement as a child, she became the first professional female astronomer in the United States. In 1847, she successfully established the orbit of a new comet, gaining her immediate recognition in the science world and earned her an elected seat to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1849 she was elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and traveled across the US and Europe, meeting feminists and leading scientists of the time. Mitchell pioneered the daily photography of sunspots, finding that they were whirling vertical cavities rather than clouds. She also studied comments, nebulae, double stars, solar eclipses, and satellites of Saturn and Jupiter. She also helped found the Association for the Advancement of Women and served as its present for 4 years.

 Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955)

An educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist. Inspired by past civil rights activists like Ida B. Wells, she forged the foundation for the modern Civil Rights movement by mobilizing African-American women organizations to challenge racial injustices and to demand first class citizenship. She became the president of the National Association of Colored Women in 1924; founded the National Council of Negro Women, that explicitly focused on the civil rights agenda, in 1935; worked alongside First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and influenced policies on behalf of black men and women; and was instrumental in integrating the Red Cross, increasing public awareness in lynching, voter discrimination, and segregation on trains and buses.

 Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955)

An educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist. Inspired by past civil rights activists like Ida B. Wells, she forged the foundation for the modern Civil Rights movement by mobilizing African-American women organizations to challenge racial injustices and to demand first class citizenship. She became the president of the National Association of Colored Women in 1924; founded the National Council of Negro Women, that explicitly focused on the civil rights agenda, in 1935; worked alongside First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and influenced policies on behalf of black men and women; and was instrumental in integrating the Red Cross, increasing public awareness in lynching, voter discrimination, and segregation on trains and buses.

 Nannie Helen Burroughs (1878-1961)

Religious leader, businesswoman, feminist, public speaker, and educator. Burroughs spoke adamantly against lynching and civil rights; chaired the National Association of Colored Women’s Anti-Lynching Committee; supported women’s suffrage and saw the vote for black women as essential for freedom and racial and sex discrimination; was active in Republican Party and helped found the National League of Republican Colored Women in 1924; and helped President Woodrow Wilson report on housing for African-Americans.

  Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883)

Abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Born a slave under the name Isabella, she escaped with her infant child in 1826. Changing her name to Sojourner Truth, she became involved in moral reforms and abolitionist work. Her opinions were considered radical, and she sought political equality for all women and chastised the abolitionist community for not seeking civil rights for black women and men. Regardless, Truth toured around the country fighting for abolition and women’s rights.  In 1851 at a women’s convention in Ohio, she presented her famous speech “Ain’t I a Women?” that would leave an everlasting impression. Her reputation and abolition movement gained momentum and she became one of the few escaped slaves, along with Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, to become an influential leader in the black community.

 Susan B Anthony (1820 – 1906)

Editor, Publisher, Journalist, Women and civil rights activist. She became one of the most visible leaders of the Women’s Suffrage movement in the 19th century. She created a friendship with Elizabeth Cady Stanton that allowed the two women to dominate the movement and lead women’s suffrage to victory. Anthony co-founded the American Equal Rights Association in 1853; became a prominent editor of “The Revolution” in 1868; helped found the Woman Suffrage Association; delivered a “Declaration of Rights” at a woman led protest in 1876; helped with the re-unification of all the suffrage associations, renamed the National American Woman Suffrage Association; and lobbied yearly before congress.

 Susan La Flesche Picotte (1865-1915)

Doctor, humanitarian, medicine woman. She was the first Native American woman to become a doctor in the United States. After graduating medical school with honors, she returned to her Omaha Reservation to treat tribal and white people who were suffering from alcoholism and disease. While on the reservation, she advocated the importance of cleanliness and ventilation by counseling tribal people on the benefits of fresh air, discarding trash, and killing insects that transmitted disease. In 1894, she married her husband and took care of him as he succumbed to the evils of alcoholism on Native American reservations. She vehemently fought for tribal people’s legal status and citizenship, while fighting against land fraud against the Omaha people. In 1913, she opened the first hospital on the Omaha Reservation that was available for anyone who was ill – no matter their gender, skin color, or age.

 

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Statues.com is a 100% Made in USA, statue manufacturing business managed by the Karpos family. They have been in the classical statue and manufacturing business for over 40 years, beginning in Athens, Greece.  Statues.com was the first custom sculpting studio to offer commissioned marble and bronze art sculpture services online. Over the years, the business has evolved to include clients from all over the globe.

 

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