Female Suffragettes Memorial Will Mark Central Park's First Statues of Women In History

Monumental Women
Monumental Women

There are 29 statues in New York City's Central Park. After strolling around the park, you may notice something unusual about the sculptures of girls and women: Each one, from William Shakespeare's Juliet to Lewis Carroll's Alice, depicts a person who didn't really exist. That won't be the case for much longer. As Quartz reports, the The Statue Fund will be the first to chip away at this gender imbalance when the city installs its monument to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner Truth in 2020.

The nonprofit group began campaigning for the addition of a female suffragette statue to Central Park more than six years ago. The members had to navigate legal obstacles and raise more that $1.5 million in donations, but their work paid off. On October 21, a commission of the New York City council announced that the statue of the three women would become a permanent part of the park in August 2020—which is also the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. The original design only featured suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, but following accusations of whitewashing, it was changed to include African American abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth. Artist Meredith Bergman has been hired to sculpt the final statue.

Central Park is home to 23 statues of real men (and one real dog), but there are no sculptures of important women from history. This is a trend that can be seen across the country. Unless they're representing a fictional character or acting as a metaphor for some abstract concept, statues of female figures rarely appear in public spaces. It's estimated that there are fewer than 400 of them nationwide.

Activists are working to boost those numbers. This year, Virginia unveiled a monument consisting of 12 historic women, and in 2020, construction will begin of a statue of journalist Nellie Bly on New York City's Roosevelt Island.

[h/t Quartz]

Werner Doehner, the Last Survivor of the Hindenburg, Has Died at 90

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Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

The Hindenburg disaster signaled the end of the Airship Era and the rise of Nazi Germany. As The New York Times reports, Werner G. Doehner, the last surviving passenger of the historic crash, died on November 8 at age 90.

Doehner was just 8 years old when he boarded the Hindenburg with his father, mother, brother, and sister in early May 1937. The family made up five of the 97 passengers and crew members who took the three-day flight from Germany to the United States.

In New Jersey, the German airship's voyage was cut short: It erupted into a ball of flame during its descent, an accident that likely resulted from static electricity igniting a hydrogen leak. Werner Doehner spent several months in a hospital with severe burns on his arms, legs, and face. His father and sister were among the 36 people who perished in the tragedy.

Doehner went on to live a long life. After the disaster, he returned with his surviving family to Mexico City, the place were he grew up. He continued to live there with his wife Elin and his son Bernie until 1984, when he moved to the United States with his family to work as an engineer for General Electric. Bernie Doehner shared that his father didn't like to talk about his memories of the Hindenburg disaster—though they did make a solemn visit to the site of the crash when Bernie was an adolescent.

Werner Doehner died of complications related to pneumonia earlier this month in Laconia, New Hampshire. He had been the youngest passenger on board the Hindeburg's final voyage, and at age 90, he was the last remaining survivor.

[h/t The New York Times]

61 Festive Facts About Thanksgiving

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jenifoto/iStock via Getty Images

From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to back-to-back NFL games, there are certain Thanksgiving traditions that you’re probably familiar with, even if your own celebration doesn’t necessarily include them. But how much do you really know about the high-calorie holiday?

To give you a crash course on the history of Thanksgiving and everything we associate with it, WalletHub compiled stats from the U.S. Census Bureau, the American Farm Bureau Association, Harris Poll, and more into one illuminating infographic. Featured facts include the date Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday (October 3, 1863) and the percentage of Americans whose favorite dish is turkey (39 percent).

Not only is it interesting to learn how the majority of Americans celebrate the holiday, it also might make you feel better about how your own Thanksgiving usually unfolds. If you’re frantically calling the Butterball Turkey hotline for help on how to cook a giant bird, you’re not alone—the hotline answers more than 100,000 questions in November and December. And you’re in good company if your family forgoes the home-cooked meal altogether, too: 9 percent of Americans head to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner.

It’s also a great way to fill in the blanks of your Thanksgiving knowledge. You might know that the president ceremoniously pardons one lucky turkey every year, but do you know which president kicked off the peculiar practice? It was George H.W. Bush, in 1989.

Read on to discover the details of America’s most delicious holiday below, and find out why we eat certain foods on Thanksgiving here.


Source: WalletHub

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