Sunday, February 28, 2010

Natl Statutory Hall has ONLY 9 female statues out of 100. Help Put More Women there

National Statuary Hall (NSH) which is located in the Capitol is comprised of 100 statues, two from each state. 91 of the statues are of men and 9 statues are of women.  The lack of women in National Statuary Hall is significant since it sends the wrong message to women and girls about the role of women in American history and is representative of the insidious and pervasive sexism in our country.

Please help correct this in your state by joining the group working to change this.  Why is the group so passionate about statues... because trying to elect women is liking swimming upstream. Not until we see women in our past can we easily place them in our future.  Actions can be as simple as signing petitions or telling others of their work. or

The Ohio State Legislature has decided to replace the statue of Governor Allen, currently in National Statuary Hall with a new statue.  An Ad Hoc group of  women are putting pressure on the Ohio Legislature to select a women.  They think Harriet Beecher Stowe is the perfect choice.  She lived almost twenty years in Ohio and did all her research for UNCLE TOM'S CABIN there.  The group was able to organize to influence the Ohio State Legislature to include Harriet Beecher Stowe in the final 10 nominations.
The committee will now turn to the general public to weigh in on their favorites from the list of finalists.

Beginning March 20, history buffs will be able to vote in person at Ohio historical sites, museums, and the Statehouse. For those who can't do it in person, there will be an opportunity to vote via the Internet.  Voting will continue through June 12, and the committee is expected to make a final recommendation to the Ohio House and Senate late this fall. The public vote is not binding on committee members, but the powers that be will view the vote as the single-most important factor in the final decision.
The nominees in order of their vote tally:
1. Thomas Edison (1847-1931): Prolific inventor born in Milan, Ohio.
2. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-96): Cincinnati-raised author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
3. Jesse Owens (1913-80): African-American track athlete from Ohio State University who won gold in Hitler-era Olympics in Berlin.
4. Harriet Taylor Upton (1853- 1945): Women's suffrage activist from Ravenna.
5. James M. Ashley (1824-96): Toledo congressman who wrote the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
6. Wright Brothers, Orville (1871-1948) and Wilbur (1867- 1912): Pioneers of flight who developed their designs in Dayton. (Treated as individual, although statuary rules prohibit a single statue from representing two people.)
7. (Tie) William McCulloch (1901-80): Politician and civil rights leader from Holmesville.
8. (Tie) Judith Resnik (1949-86): Akron astronaut killed in Challenger space shuttle disaster.
9. Albert Sabin (1906-92): Cincinnati medical researcher who developed oral polio vaccine.
10. Ulysses S. Grant (1822- 85): Civil War general and 18th U.S. president born in southwestern Ohio.

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