The Commission selects the inspiring submission by StudioEIS and the 1717 Design Group.

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First-in-the-Nation Monument to the Achievements of the Women of Virginia to be Installed on Virginia's Capitol Square.

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The Honorable Mary Margaret Whipple
3556 North Valley Street
Arlington, VA 22207-4445
(703) 538-4097

Women's Monument Commission initiatives

Based on Senate Joint Resolution No. 11

Agreed to by the Senate, March 11, 2010
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, March 10, 2010

The Need for a Tribute: 

From the Founding of the Commonwealth, the genius and creativity of women and their presence and contributions have been evident in every aspect of Virginia history and the life of people in the Commonwealth; however, they have received little appreciation, recognition, or official acknowledgement.


The Purpose of the Monument is: History, Education, Importance, Appreciation

  • Monument to Virginia Women That Signals the importance of their contributions and achievements
  • Honors them and expresses appreciation
  • Teaches the history of their important contributions

    The Monument is to Honor: Virginia Women who Contributed to Virginia's History Over Four Centuries

    Through Individual, Collective and/or Symbolic Interpretations That May Include:

  • Their ideals, visions and spirit of sacrifice that illuminates the path today for all those who follow them
  • Their accomplishments in spite of restrictions
  • Their legendary achievements in many fields
  • Their noble and heroic deeds indispensible to the founding of the Commonwealth (and the nation)
  • Their vital role in public and private life
  • Their unique contributions in nurturing and protecting their families and contributing to the quality of life in their communities