As public artists, we believe in the power of art and its ability to open peoples hearts and minds. Whether it’s there to teach us something, inspire us, or just to make us smile, public art has the ability to affect real change, which we have seen happen time and time again.
We are often asked, “why are Statues For Equality so important?” It’s a very good question and one that has a very long answer. Women have been overlooked for so long that to dedicate a public statue project may surprise many people. Some people ask if there are enough women who deserve to have such an honor. These reactions just go to show how important this project is. We need to change the mentality of the world so that women are no longer overlooked and instead empowered.
Here are 10 reasons why Statues For Equality is so important:
- To balance the gender and racial representation of public statues. Globally, women are forgotten when it comes to honoring the heroes of the past and present in the form of a public sculpture. In nearly every country in the world, women only make up 2-3% of the public statues. This is by no means due to a lack of deserving women.
- Statues are the first step towards true equality and real change. By changing the balance of gender in statues and normalizing the success of women in a very public manner, the stigma around the worth and place of a woman in society will begin to disappear. This will open up many more opportunities for women in career paths, equal pay, and recognition for their accomplishments. It shows that equality is achievable in a very tangible and real way.
- Creating statues of women are an investment in the future of equality. Statues will stand for hundreds of years. We already have thousands of statues of men that the next generations will be able to learn from. Now we need to set the wheels in motion to ensure they learn about our women as well. If there are no women to look up to, how will the genders be seen as equal?
- Public statues are a reflection of a societies values and the things they find important. If women are not included in this public, visual depiction it sends a very clear message that women and the contributions of women are not as important as those of men. Women must be included to change this mentality and to stop overlooking half of the members in the community.
- Public statues tell stories of success and empowerment. There is no greater way to show success than to immortalize a story for the world to see. Public statues ensure that the story will live on long after the person has passed, teaching and inspiring future generations. It is so important to give this empowerment to women and to honor their success, both for the individual and society as a whole. There are many many women, both throughout history and today who have made an impact that deserves this platform. It is time to empower women and let these stories be known.
- Children of all genders must see the faces of women as inspiration. It is so very important to teach equality from a young age and this includes having examples in their everyday life. If children only see the faces of men in the statues this sends them a clear message on who runs the show. Young girls must see the faces of successful women to be inspired and prove that gender doesn’t matter on the road to success. Young boys must also see them to learn that women are their equals and deserve the same opportunities as them.
- Statues begin discussions of women and their achievements. We can all think of inspiring and successful men without trouble. But many people struggle to name even a handful of successful women. This isn’t because there is a lack of them, it’s because they aren’t celebrated on the same level. By encouraging discussion, statues of women will bring about awareness and understanding so people no longer need struggle to imagine a powerful woman. This conversation must be started in order for things to change.
- Diversity of statues is crucial. To have an open and accepting world we need to come in to contact with people from many different walks of life whether that be their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or career. By seeing and learning about all these different people we can begin to broaden our thinking and become more understanding.
- Statues have the power of mass communication. We are living in a highly connected world. With a larger than life statue, people take notice and document their experience with a photograph. They then share this photo across their social media platforms, expanding the reach of the statue to millions, if not billions of people. Therefore their message is carried all around the world, much further than where they are physically standing.
- They encourage global participation on the road to equality. By asking the public to nominate new women to be included in the project, Statues For Equality is getting the whole world involved. The project pushes them to think of all the deserving women in their life which are then shared with the world for us all to learn about. The stories of empowered women are being told one statue at a time which will be seen all around the world. Our goal is to reach 50% global parity by the year 2023.