Searching for NYC’s Monuments Dedicated to Women



Fearless Girl at her new home on Wall Street

With an outpouring of public sentiment wishing to have input into monuments citywide, and Women’s History Month just three-weeks away, we thought it a good time to check out what monuments are dedicated to women. Here are the monuments we found.

Gertrude Stein in Bryant Park

Gertrude Stein at Bryant Park

A monument to Gertrude Stein was installed in Bryant Park, right behind the New York Public Library, in 1992. Its placement reflects Stein’s significant literary contributions.  The seated bronze figure on a pedestal was created by sculptor artist Jo Davidson. The monument is one of five sculptures in this park.

(Included in New York Talking Statues)


Eleanor Roosevelt in Riverside Park

Eleanor Roosevelt monument at West 72nd Street

A monument to Eleanor Roosevelt stands in Riverside Park at 72nd Street and Riverside Drive. The bronze figure appears to be half-seated against a boulder. It was created by sculptor artist Penelope Jencks; the boulder and foot stone created by Michael Middleton.


Golda Meir on Broadway

Golda Meir bust at Golda Meir Square, Broadway on East 39th Street

In 1984, a bronze sculpture of Gold Meir was unveiled in the Garment District. It was created by Philadelphia artist Beatrice Goldfine, commissioned by the JCC and the Golda Meir Memorial Committee, and is situated at Golda Meir Square, Broadway at East 39th Street.


Joan of Arc on Riverside Drive

Joan of Arc monument at Riverside Drive and West 93rd Street

A bronze monument to Joan of Arc sits high on a pedestal on 93rd Street and Riverside Drive. Dedicated in 1915, it was the creation of the eminent artist and art patron, Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington.

(Included in New York Talking Statues)


Harriet Tubman in Harlem

Harriet Tubman Harlem

The sculpture, Swing Low, Harriet Tubman is located at the intersection of St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 122nd Street in Harlem. It was created by sculptor Alison Saar as a Percent for Art installation, dedicated in 2008.

(Included in New York Talking Statues)


Fearless Girl on Wall Street

Fearless Girl at her new home on Wall Street, in view of Federal Hall

A bronze sculpture entitled Fearless Girl, created by sculpture artist Kristen Visbal and commissioned by State Street Global Advisors, recently made her move ~ original installed facing Charging Bull, now located on Wall Street near the New York Stock Exchange, in view of Federal Hall (visible in the background in image above).


Goddess Athena in Astoria

Goddess Athena in Athens Square Park in Astoria, Queens. Image via

A standing figure of The Goddess Athena on a pedestal is located in Athens Square Park, 30th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens, dedicated in 1998.

(Included in New York Talking Statues).


Susan B. Anthony + Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Literary Walk in 2020

Image via monumentalwomen org

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. (The Statue Fund) has commissioned and endowed a monument honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony by artist Meredith Bergmann. The Monument will be placed on the Literary Walk in Central Park in 2020.  Check out #MonumentalWomen for updates.


Shirley Chisholm coming to Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The slogan, “unbought and unbossed” appeared on Chisholm’s campaign posters, one of which resides in the collections of the National Museum of African American of History and Culture. (NMAAHC, Gift of Ellen Brooks)  Image via

A monument celebrating Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to serve in the House of Representatives, is coming to Prospect Park in 2020. It will be placed outside the Parkside entrance, located at the intersections of Parkside and Ocean Avenues. It will be built by She Built NYC, a city effort to expand representation of women in public art and monuments


The Statue of Liberty (Lady Liberty)

Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty ~ Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States, dedicated in 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924 and is part of the National Park Service. The copper statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi.

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