06 Mar Honoring Women in Statue who have Shaped History
Where are the women?
This burning question has been on the minds of our artisans and sculptors at Statues.Com for the past few years.
Consider this. As of 2019, out of more than 5,200 sculptures across the United States, fewer than 400 statues depicted women. That amounts to a meager 7 percent representation of women. Women make up at nearly 50 percent of the world’s population as of 2020.
This glaring gender gap within the statues trade market gave rise to the collection of statues of women being created at Statues.Com. Launched in 2019, this first-ever exclusive collection of women in statues art form is comprised of 7-inch-tall busts of women who have been trailblazers for women’s equality and leaders for social change. These chief advocates for women’s rights include Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman, Alice Paul, and Juliette Gordon Low.
And now, Statues.Com is proud to unveil a hand-crafted personalized bust of our 49th Vice President, Kamala Harris! That’s right. Vice President Harris is the latest in our “Where Are the Women” collection. Harris is the United States’ first female vice president, the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, and the first African American and first Asian American vice president.
Statues.Com is inspired to honor these modern-day heroines who have shaped history with their vision, courage, and perseverance. Many of these women were pioneers in the women’s suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the civil rights movement of the mid-20th century.
At Statues.Com, we believe it is time to give tribute to these history-making women. And what better time to announce this special collection dedicated to women than in March, which is Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It also commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
“Now is the time to create a first-of-its-kind collection that honors women from the 19th and 20th centuries who were trailblazers toward women’s equality in America,” says Victoria Karpos, Vice President at Statues.Com. “It’s time to celebrate and remember the remarkable women who stood against inequality and oppression.”
Much of the inspiration for this female statue collection at Statues.Com, when it was started in 2019, was the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. That sacred date in women’s history was August 18, 2020.
We at Statues.Com became aware of how under-represented women are in statues across America in 2016. We realized that our collections did not include women, whose unspoken contributions, struggles, bravery, and leadership paved the way for many girls and women to be free citizens, and to have a powerful voice in this country.
This gender oversight has fueled us to capture women in sculpture who have left an indelible mark on history and made this country a better place for disenfranchised Americans.
Other notable women enshrined in bust form include former First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Poet Maya Angelou.