PHOTOS: Women’s Monument Coming to Virginia

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Women's Monument Commission
In 2013, the Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission announced the selection of the monument design to be placed on the grounds of Virginia's Capitol Square in Richmond. After many years of lobbying and planning for the structure, the groundbreaking is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Women's Monument Commission
"The monument is a metaphor for the often unrecognized voices that have been responsible for shaping our culture, country and state for over 400 years," the commission said.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Adele Clark will be memorialized with one of the statues. She was an active suffragist who became president of the League of Women Voters in 1921. She also was a key figure in establishing the Virginia Art Commission, considered by many to be a founder of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the commission said.
Martha Washington, wife of President George Washington, was born in New Kent County, Virginia. Though she was not referred to by the title "First Lady," she was the first to hold the position. The commission says her statue will represent the wives of all eight Virginia-born presidents.
National Park Service
Maggie L. Walker was the first woman to charter a bank in the United States. She founded the St. Luke Penny Savings Branch in Richmond, Virginia.n
nBronze statues depicting one of the first women to pass the Virginia Medical Examining Board's examination and the first female editor of the Virginia Gazette will also be included.
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