A state commission, established to recommend a monument that will acknowledge women, held its inaugural meeting Tuesday.
The General Assembly resolution commissioning the monument praises women for countless contributions that have benefited mankind. But it also declares that women have received little official appreciation.
Secretary of Administration Lisa Hicks-Thomas notes that for two centuries, statues of Virginia's forefathers have been erected on Capitol Square. She says although the monument is still in its conceptual stage, it could honor specific women, all women, or both.
"Certainly there are women, and I could name some: Madame C.J. Walker, first lady Dolly Madison, Pocahantas, obviously that come to mind...Perhaps those women will be on the monument. But then, just the things that women have done in general to contribute to society will also be featured on the monument, we hope," she says.
The commission will gather ideas from Virginians over the next year and will raise private funds to erect and maintain the monument.