Coverage on EVE and the Amelia Earhart statue

September 19, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

Here’s a quick round-up of the news pieces we’ve tracked since our press release announcing the commission for the new Amelia Earhart statue:

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Ohio statue committee recommends Thomas Edison

August 27, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

No surprise:

Committee recommends Thomas Edison for new Ohio statue in Washington

By William Hershey | Thursday, August 26, 2010, 02:56 PM

By a unanimous 6-0 vote, a special legislative committee on Thursday, Aug. 26, recommended that inventor Thomas Edison represent Ohio on a new statute in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Thomas Letson, D-Warren, initially passed but then cast his vote for Edison to make it a unanimous selection. Letson said after the meeting that his first choice was the Wright brothers, the aviation pioneers from Dayton. He said, however, he wanted the committee’s choice to be unanimous. …continue reading

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It’s official: Amelia Earhart will be the tenth woman in Statuary Hall

EarhartAnd EVE has been entrusted with the responsibility for making it happen.

I promised a couple of months ago that we had two very big announcements brewing, both of them related to Amelia Earhart. The first was the parade balloon, which is on schedule for a debut this fall.

The second announcement is this: the Governor of Kansas has just signed off on replacing the statue of John James Ingalls in Statuary Hall with a new statue of Amelia Earhart. EVE is named as the party responsible for raising the money and commissioning the statue.

I’ll just quote our press release:

August 23 — It’s official: Kansas will replace its statue of John James Ingalls in the U.S. Capitol with a new sculpture of famed aviator Amelia Earhart.

Ingalls has represented Kansas for more than a century in the National Statuary Hall Collection, which features two statues of illustrious citizens from each state. Amelia Earhart will become only the tenth woman to be honored with a statue in the collection.

Equal Visibility Everywhere (EVE), a national non-profit dedicated to achieving gender parity in the country’s symbols and icons, has been given responsibility for raising the funds for the statue and commissioning the artist.

…continue reading

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Bill would allow D.C. to place statues in Statuary Hall

July 13, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off


From the Washington Post tonight:

The District still doesn’t have a vote in Congress, but it is moving closer to gaining some new representatives in the Capitol.

The House Administration Committee is expected to approve a bill Wednesday that would add two statues from the District to the National Statuary Hall Collection, which includes statues of historical luminaries from each state. About a third of the 100 statues are in Statuary Hall, an ornate domed room on the second floor of the Capitol, and the rest are in nearby hallways and the Capitol Visitor Center.

Because the District is not a state, it has been deprived of the chance to put two of its native sons or daughters in the halls of Congress. But Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) has led a years-long fight to correct that, and the city picked its two representatives — Pierre L’Enfant, the architect who designed the city, and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass — four years ago.

…continue reading

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Ohio voters choose another man for Statuary Hall

July 10, 2010 by EVE   · 2 Comments »

Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Here’s the press release from the Ohio Historical Society:

Ohioans Choose Edison for National Statuary Hall

Edison(COLUMBUS, OHIO) -On behalf of the National Statuary Collection Study Committee, the Ohio Historical Society announces that inventor Thomas A. Edison was the top vote-getter for Ohio’s representative to National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol.

From March 20 to June 12, more than 46,000 Ohioans statewide cast ballots for one of 10 nominees for whom they thought should stand for Ohio in Washington, D.C. Of the total, Edison received 14,261 votes, followed by the Wright Brothers with 13,363 votes and Jesse Owens with 4,921 votes, according to Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio Historical Society.

“The response to the popular vote was extraordinary,” Logan said. “Ohioans of all ages and from every region of the state took this opportunity to tell state legislators who they want to represent the state in National Statuary Hall and Thomas Edison, world-famous inventor born in Milan, Ohio, is the people’s choice.”

The public vote isn’t binding, but most of the news reports in Ohio seem to be taking it as given that Edison will be the state’s new statue. …continue reading

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Are the Wright Brothers the Right Choice for Ohio?

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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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If a picture is worth a thousand words…

June 18, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

…maybe this poster will be worth at least one statue!

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That’s the poster we had made up and shipped to the members of the statue committee in Ohio this week. See our press release for the full details.

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Dayton Daily News cartoon

June 17, 2010 by EVE   · Comments Off

Great cartoon from Mike Peters for the Dayton Daily News:

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Senator Teresa Fedor casts vote for Ohio statue

June 14, 2010 by EVE   · 1 Comment »

Senator Teresa Fedor explains why she cast her vote for Harriet Beecher Stowe to represent Ohio in National Statuary Hall:

…continue reading

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Voters select famous Ohioan for Statuary Hall

June 12, 2010 by EVE   · 2 Comments »

Coverage of the 10 Ohio finalists from WKYC in Cleveland. At about 1:18, Kim Schuette of the Ohio Historical Society points out that there are only 9 women in Statuary Hall.

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