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New York's Central Park 'Breaks Bronze Ceiling' with Unveiling of First Statues of Real-Life Women

New York's Central Park unveils a statue of women's rights pioneers Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth -- marking the park's first statue of real-life women.

"You've heard of breaking the glass ceiling," said Meredith Bergmann, the sculptor of the piece. "This sculpture is breaking the bronze ceiling."

It honors three key figures in the women's rights movement with roots in New York, each of whom died before American women gained the right to vote.

Anthony, who was arrested and convicted of voting illegally in 1872, and Stanton co-founded the American Equal Rights Association and pushed for women's suffrage. Truth, who was born into slavery in New York, escaped to freedom in 1826 and became a well-known abolitionist and women's rights activist.

"It's wonderful that now the city of New York and Central Park are focusing on seeing women's accomplishments as worthy of statuary," Bergmann said.

Source: CNN


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