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Friday, January 10, 2020 12:40 pm

Group to propose Ohio Statehouse women's suffrage memorial


Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A permanent memorial to the women's suffrage movement would be built on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse, under a proposal to be made to the Statehouse governing body next week.

Fundraising for the memorial would likely top $1 million, members of the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission told the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board on Wednesday. If approved, memorial construction could follow after a five-year waiting period.

Commission members noted that currently, all monuments to actual historical figures on the Statehouse grounds are of men, Gongwer News Service reported.

"The only time you see female characters portrayed is as mythological creatures," Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican and a commission member whose state office also houses the centennial commission, said Thursday.

The depiction of an angel with an olive branch on a World War I Statehouse memorial, built in 1923, remembers the soldiers and the “women left behind,” said Sen. Stephanie Kunze, a Republican from Hilliard in suburban Columbus.

"1923 was not very long after World War I, and here we are trying to do something one hundred years after," she said.

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