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‘Joan of Arc’ performance artist wants more statues of important women in NYC

Lois Evans is attempting to raise awareness about the lack of monuments to historic women throughout New York City. (Facebook/Lulu Lolo)

A performance artist known as Lulu Lolo dressed up as Joan of Arc on a recent day in Manhattan and wandered the streets, asking passersby, “Where are the women?” The woman behind the costume, Lois Evans, is attempting to raise awareness about the lack of monuments to historic women throughout New York City by asking strangers on the street to nominate their picks for who should be memorialized.

In an interview with the New York Times, Evans pointed out that there are only five statues of women in the city: Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein and Joan of Arc. There are a couple of fictional women – Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland — and a fountain dedicated to Josephine Shaw Lowell, but a distinct lack of other historic female forms around the city, she argues. Evans is one of the proponents of a campaign to erect statues of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the city.

“There are many memorials that depict woman allegorically, representing beauty or sacrifice,” Ms. Evans said, citing the “Spirit of Commerce” on the Manhattan bridge. On Evans’ “Where Are the Women” Facebook page, readers have suggested statues of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, Bette Midler, Florence Nightingale, and Nellie Bly.

Read the full story at the New York Times.

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