Washington DC is famous around the world for being the residence of the President of the United States. As well as this it has a vibrant art culture. Over 100 statues depicting historic people are dotted around the city and of these approximately 10% are of women. This-still very low-number makes Washington DC one of the better cities in the United States for gender equality in public statues. Some notable women included are Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, Saint Bernadette, Mary Mcleod Bethune and Jane A. Delano.
Current Statues of Women in Washington
Mary Mcleod Bethune
Mary McLeod Bethune was an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian, and civil rights activist. She was one of the most important black educators, leaders and government officials of the twentieth century. She was also known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida and for her role as advisor to President Roosevelt.
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc is a popular figure to be depicted in statues all over the world. The statue celebrates the 15th century patriot and martyr who successfully commanded French forces against the English, before being captured and burned at the stake! Her statue, by Paul Dubois can be found at Meridian Hill Park.
Another popular figure celebrated in public art in America is Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt was the respected First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945, and became a leader in her own right. She campaign on human and civil rights issues and became regarded as "one of the most esteemed women in the world. The statue sculpted by Neil Estern is part of the Franklin D Roosevelt memorial and can be found at West Potomac Park.
Vietnam Women's Memorial
The Vietnam Women’s Memorial is the first memorial in Washington D.C. honouring the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, most of whom were nurses. The sculpture was made by Glenna Goodacre and depicts 3 uniformed women with a wounded solider. It serves as a reminder of the importance of women in the conflict. It is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and is located in National Mall.
Crouching Woman is a bronze sculpture by French artist Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). It can be found in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and depicts a female figure crouching with her head turned in profile to the left. The figure is representative of the raw eroticism expressed in some of Rodin’s works during this period.