August 18, 2020 marks 100 years to the day that the 19th Amendment was ratified giving women the vote! Amazing women like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells, and Alice Paul struggled for 72 years to realize this dream. Locally, the Women's Suffrage Centennial 2020 Northern Illinois Celebration Steering Committee is mounting an effort to raise $75,000 to erect and dedicate the Women’s Centennial Sculpture 2020.
This sculpture will be designed as a tower comprised of three panels. One panel will depict Rockford suffragist, Kate F. O’Connor, who worked tirelessly in the early part of the century for extending voting rights to women. A second panel will feature inspirational Rockford educator and activist Dr. Connie Goode, representing the many women of color who marched and advocated in the 1960s for broadening the vote to all people of color. The third panel will depict three or four young women of different cultures and ethnicities who can now freely exercise the power of their vote. Six mosaic benches surrounding the central sculpture will continue the visual narrative of suffrage and women’s empowerment and serve as seating in this gathering space.
*Womanspace is the organization overseeing the Women's Centennial Sculpture fund