New York City launches monumental initiative to give women their proper respect

A woman takes a 'selfie' photo with 'The Fearless Girl' statue across from the iconic Wall Street charging bull statue in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Government officials in the Big Apple have introduced a new initiative aimed at bringing some gender balance to the city’s public art scene — and it’s not an understatement to say that the campaign is positively monumental.

The new initiative is called She Built NYC and calls on people to nominate a woman or event to be immortalized with a new monument. It was announced by New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen in an email sent to an array of people in the five boroughs and beyond. Women in the World obtained a copy of the email.

“It’s no secret that monuments in New York City fail to represent the female icons, trailblazers and advocates whose contributions define this town,” Glen wrote in the email. “That is why today we launched She Built NYC, an initiative to commission public monuments that celebrate the women who have made New York City a center of culture, progress, art, fashion, finance and social innovation.”

Deputy Mayor of New York City Alicia Glen announced the She Built NYC initiative in an email blast on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for New York Times)

In the email, Glen added, “We are calling upon all New Yorkers to nominate the woman or women they would most like to see celebrated with a monument” and then goes on to explain how to nominate someone to be immortalized. Click here to enter your nomination on the She Built NYC website and also read the rules. Keep in mind, you can’t nominate anyone who’s still living —  which is too bad because we were about to nominate Alicia Glen for coming up with this excellent idea.

In addition to entering a nomination on the city website, you can also nominate someone on social media using the hashtag #SheBuiltNYC. And you’ve got until August 1 to get your nomination in, so be sure to give it some careful thought. According to Glen’s email, the city plans to commission at least one new work of art dedicated to a woman by the end of the year. Also, it’s worth keeping in mind, the nominee can be a pivotal event as well.

“I want my daughters and their kids to live in a place that actively acknowledges and celebrates all of the amazing women who have had an impact on our great city,” Glen said at the close of the email. “Fearless Girl” recently was given her permanent home in the city. We can’t wait to see who will join her soon.


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