March 16, 2010 by EVE · Comments Off
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Meet Ohio’s Three Women Candidates for Statuary Hall
COLUMBUS, March 16, 2010 – Equal Visibility Everywhere (EVE), an organization dedicated to highlighting women’s history and achievements, is inviting Ohioans to “meet” three of the candidates for National Statuary Hall.
Beginning this Saturday, citizens of all ages will have a chance to vote for which famous Ohioan should represent the state in Washington. Three of the ten finalists are women, and EVE wants to make sure Ohioans know who they are. The organization is sponsoring a living history presentation at the Ohio Historical Society on Saturday to mark the start of the public voting.
Actors in costume will portray Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Cincinnati-based author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Judith Resnik, the Akron astronaut who died in the Challenger disaster, and Harriet Taylor Upton, the Ohio suffragist who played a leading role in winning the vote for women.
“This will be a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to learn about history in a fun way,” says Dr. Lynette Long, the president of EVE. “Parents can bring their kids. People can interact with these great figures from the past, ask them questions, find out who they are and why they deserve to be in National Statuary Hall.”
Out of the 100 statues currently in Statuary Hall – two from each state – only nine are of women. That’s a sore point with EVE.
“Women have contributed enormously to the history of the United States,” says Long. “Their achievements should be recognized equally with men’s. When girls walk through Statuary Hall, they need to see the women who have broken barriers and achieved success in spite of the odds. Instead, all they see is men.”
The living history presentation will begin at 12:00 noon at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus, and is scheduled to run until 3:00 pm. The event is free to the public.
Voters may cast ballots at the Ohio Historical Society or at one of 35 other polling places around the state, or by downloading and mailing an electronic ballot at Legacy for Ohio: http://www.legacyforohio.org/index3.html. The voting will run through June 12.
Detailed biographies of the three women candidates and background on the Ohio Statue Project are available on EVE’s website: http://equalvisibilityeverywhere.org/what-we-do/statuary-hall-project/ohio-statue-project/.
Lynette Long, Ph.D., President of EVE
Jennifer Lee, Project Coordinator