On Women’s Equality Day, Atlanta Announced Its Plan To Build A Monument Of Coretta Scott King
Throughout the U.S., there are only 394 public sculptures of women leaders compared with more than 4,000 of men.
August 27, 2020 at 9:35 pm
The city of Atlanta and mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled plans for a new monument to civil rights icon Coretta Scott King on Thursday in honor of Women’s Equality Day.
In the U.S. there are only 394 public sculptures of women yet more than 4,500 monuments of men. Popular streaming website Hulu decided to get involved in a project to change that fact, working with artists and specific cities to build more monuments to iconic women according to a press release sent exclusively to Blavity.
"Coretta Scott King is one of our unsung heroes. The best way to create these conversations in our communities are to have places and spaces that people can look to ask more questions," Bottoms said in a statement.
For the statue to King, Hulu and the city of Atlanta partnered with Brooklyn artist Saya Woolfalk.
Last year, Hulu sponsored a “Shape the Future” art installation in three cities that sought to equalize the number of monuments dedicated to women and men in three cities. The mirrored statuettes allowed any passerby to see themselves in these representations.
King is well known for continuing the work of her husband Martin Luther King Jr., who was killed at age 39. Dubbed the "First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement," King spent decades helping to lead the fight against racism and became a notable figure in the women's rights movement.
She advocated heavily for LGBTQ+ rights and protested against apartheid, all while maintaining friendships with multiple presidents and politicians.
On Wednesday, New York City debuted Central Park's first statue depicting real women but caused controversy with the people chosen.
A bronze statue featuring Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony was unveiled in New York’s Central Park Wednesday. The "Women's Rights Pioneers Monument" is the first in Central Park to depict real women. pic.twitter.com/OhxII61j7R
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 27, 2020
While many praised the city for finally putting up a statue of Black icon Sojourner Truth, some questioned why they would place her next to Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, both of whom were well known for their deep-seated racism and longstanding opposition to suffrage for Black people.
CNN reported that just five of the city's 145 statues depict real women but there are dozens of monuments to fictional women like Alice In Wonderland.
"The fact that we have so few statues of women speaks to the dominance of white male patriarchy. That women are not really considered valuable to our society," said Margaret Washington, professor of American History at Cornell University.