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Lynette Long, Ph.D., President of EVE

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The polling in Ohio has come to a close, and now it’s time for six members of the Ohio state legislature to decide who is the right choice to represent Ohio in National Statuary Hall. Two of the final candidates are Wilbur and Orville Wright, credited with the first flight. Their remarkable achievement is memorialized in a frieze in the Capitol Rotunda called “The Birth of Aviation.” This frieze is one of nineteen friezes that surround the dome of the Rotunda. Only one of the nineteen friezes depicts a recognizable woman, Pocahontas.

The Wright Brothers are also recognized on the reverse of two quarters in the new state quarter series. The quarters from Ohio and North Carolina both honor the Wright Brothers. The quarter from only one state (Alabama) commemorates the achievements of a woman, that woman being Helen Keller.

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The contributions of the Wright Brothers were significant, but they have already been honored in the U.S. Capitol and on our nation’s currency. It’s time for Ohio to grant visibility to one of the other candidates for National Statuary Hall. Ohio’s National Statuary Committee has the power to make the world different for the next generation of girls. I hope they put a woman in National Statuary Hall.

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One Response
  1. David in Ohio says:

    Recognition of Wilbur and Orville Wright in the frieze in the Capitol Rotunda and in North Carolina at the Wright Brothers National Memorial seems appropriate and sufficient. For Ohio’s Statuary Hall representative, however, two Wrights make a wrong.