On view in New York Metropolis Hall
The State Museum’s collections represent the diverse achievements of women across New York. This new exhibit feature brings together objects and artworks that highlight the contributions of women. Audiences will see State Paleontologist Winifred Goldring’s tools, artwork from contemporary Oneida Nation artists Karen Ann Hoffman and Dawn Dark Mountain, and the newly acquisitioned Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument 1/3-scale model by Meredith Bergmann.
Prior to August 2020, there were no monuments that depicted real women in New York City's Central Park. The Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument was placed in Central Park following the tireless work of Monumental Women, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. It features three nationally recognized leaders of the women's rights movement, all from New York State: Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Since the 2020 unveiling, Monumental Women has worked to increase awareness and appreciation of women’s history through a nationwide education campaign. To help with this endeavor Monumental Women embarked on a fundraising campaign for the creation of a 1/3-size model of the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument for the New York State Museum’s collections.