Donation Ceremony of the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument


Learn about the groundbreaking monument, Women’s Rights Pioneers, the first statue of real women in Central Park, NYC. Made possible through the work of Monumental Women, the monument depicts three historic women’s rights leaders—Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth—all hailing from New York State.

Learn about breaking the bronze ceiling in Central Park from Monumental Women president Pam Elam and discover the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument's process of creation from the monument's sculptor, Meredith Bergmann.

Video highlights include introductions from New York Governor Kathy Hochul, NYSED Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Education and Museum Director Mark Schaming, NYSED Executive Deputy Commissioner Sharon Cates-Williams, and Director of Women's Affairs at Office of Governor Kathy Hochul Emily Kadar.

Additional speakers from the NYSM's History Department include Chief Curator of History Jennifer Lemak and Senior Historian and Curator of Social History Ashley Hopkins-Benton who discuss how the NYSM continues to grow the women's history collections.

For more information on how to view the 1/3-size model of the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument on display at the New York State Museum, please visit:

For additional resources related to Women's History, specifically as it relates to New York State, visit:


Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE)

The New York State Museum is an approved provider of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE). Educators can earn CTLE credit by watching the webinar and completing the survey linked below. Please allow up to two weeks to receive confirmation of completion.

CTLE Credit (1 hour): Link to Online Form for the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument