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ANNOUNCEMENT

A Formal Dedication of the Virginia Women's Monument was on October 14, 2019. The Virginia Women’s Monument Commission dedicated the statues of Anne Burras Laydon, Cockacoeske, Mary Draper Ingles, Elizabeth Keckly, Laura Copenhaver, Virginia Randolph, and Adèle Clark.

Video Icon Click here to watch the video of the dedication ceremony.

PRESS RELEASES

October 1, 2019   Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women’s Monument is Nation’s First Monument Honoring Full Scope of Women’s Achievements

March 12, 2019   More Statues Commissioned for Virginia Women’s Monument Sculpting begins on Laura Copenhaver, Mary Draper Ingles & Elizabeth Keckly

IN THE NEWS

Newspaper IconAssociated Press: Righting ‘sins of omission’: Monument honors Virginia women

Newspaper IconRichmond Times-Dispatch: 'A monumental day': Seven statues unveiled at Virginia Women's Monument on Capitol Square

Newspaper IconRichmond Times-Dispatch: Editorial: Virginia Women's Monument honors all voices

Video IconRichmond Times-Dispatch: Link to view video of scenes from the dedication

Newspaper IconVirginia Gazette/Daily Press – Williamsburg, VA: At Virginia Women’s Monument dedication, a celebration of a more inclusive state history

Newspaper IconVirginia Lawyer's weekly: Women attorneys saluted as part of Virginia’s history

Newspaper IconNorthern Neck News: Wall of Honor

Newspaper IconRichmond Times Dispatch: Celebrate the 'Strong Voices' of women at luncheon event in March

Newspaper IconNews & Advance: Women with Lynchburg, Amherst ties featured on new Women's Monument in Richmond

COMPLETED PLAZA AND NAMES ON THE WALL OF HONOR

The Virginia Capitol Foundation announced that the granite plaza foundation is complete and soon will be open for viewing by the public. In addition, the 230 Virginia women whose names are inscribed on the monument’s glass Wall of Honor were revealed. The full press release with additional media content (PDF).

Newspaper IconRichmond Times Dispatch: A Monument to the Women of Virginia

Newspaper IconRichmond Magazine: Virginia Women’s Monument Takes a Pre-curtain Bow

Newspaper IconStyle Weekly: Virginia Women's Monument Unveiled, Funding for Statues Still Needed

Video IconWRIC-TV 8: Virginia Women's Monument construction making progress, some features unveiled

Video IconWWBT-TV 12: Virginia Women’s Monument one step closer to completion

Newspaper IconVirginia Gazette: Women's monument takes shape in Richmond

MOUNT VERNON EVENT

An Event that Showcased Martha Washington & Virginia Women’s Monument was held on September 12, 2018. Read More

GRANITE ARRIVED

The first load of granite for the Virginia's Women's Monument was delivered on August 22, 2018 on Capitol Grounds. Photos

FIRST FOUR BRONZE STATUES COMMISSIONED

A visionary Native American chieftain, a brave Jamestown settler, an influential African-American educator and a passionate advocate for woman suffrage and the arts will be the first four bronze statues commissioned for Voices from the Garden: The Virginia Women’s Monument, the nation’s first monument recognizing the full scope of significant but often unrecognized contributions of women. The Virginia Capitol Foundation announced today that the statues of Cockacoeske, Anne Burras Laydon, Virginia E. Randolph and Adèle Clark are fully funded. Each of the 12 statues in the Virginia Women’s Monument requires a $200,000 investment in order to be commissioned with StudioEIS, the Brooklyn-based sculpture and design studio that created the vision for the monument. The statues take several months to be completed after being commissioned. The full press release with additional media content (PDF).

"These women played important roles in the early years of the Old Dominion’s recorded history and in the 20th century, when our state and country were undergoing seismic social changes,” said Susan Clarke Schaar, Clerk of the Senate and a member of the Virginia Women’s Monument Commission. “Their stories richly deserve to be remembered and told".

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Commonwealth of Virginia
The Cabell Foundation
American Evolution, 2019 Commemorative
TowneBank Foundation
Mimi Abel Smith
Anonymous
Frances Broaddus-Crutchfield
Dominion Foundation
Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
Petters Family Foundation
Reinsch Pierce Family Foundation, by Lola C. Reinsch
Bernadine Teague
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
Altria Group
Lissy Bryan
Collis Warner Foundation
Carole Weinstein
Marian E. English
Sue Gerdelman
The Scott Foundation