Posted by: jeannineatkins | January 20, 2016

The Boston’s Women’s Memorial

After getting back from a fun trip with my daughter, I took her dog for a walk along Commonwealth Avenue. Henry enjoyed meeting a plump corgi-lab mix named Zeus. He put up with me checking out the Boston Women’s Memorial by artist Meredith Bergmann.

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Here is Abigail Adams, wife of the second president, mother of the sixth, with an excerpt from one of her extraordinary letters, which have instructed us about her and the colonial period, written in bronze on the side of the pedestal she leans against.

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Phyllis Wheatley was another woman of letters. Her poems published in 1773 were the first book published by an African writer in America: “Imagination! who can sing thy force?”

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Journalist Lucy Stone was a nineteenth century abolitionist, suffragist, and founder of The Women’s Journal. We think

they make quite a group.

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Responses

  1. How wonderful, to see women of historical significance (and personal importance) signified in this way. Seems to me we have a dearth of female forms in public squares, and that their contributions are more frequently tucked into small paragraphs on yellowed textbook pages. These figures are lively, and lovely. I want to know more about all of them!

    • Yes, exactly. Through the 20th century, Boston had many statues of men, but two of women. Both Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer are worthy, but the first was exiled from the city and the second hung for questioning some tenets of Puritanism. It’s good to see more representations, and I loved the sculptor’s thoughtfulness re celebrating while keeping them off pedestals.

  2. I’ll have to check these out on my next visit to Boston. How marvelous for young women to see these statues of extraordinary women. Abigail is one of my favorite people from history – what a fabulous woman!

    • These were intentionally designed to be touchable, though you don’t see children climbing on them the way you do the ducklings in the Public Garden. Maybe someday! And oh that hypothetical visit to Boston — I hope you’d let me guide you to these statues and maybe have lunch, too. I have hopes this is the year we get to meet in person!


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