NYC approves first Central Park monument honoring women

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/ AP) -- New York City has approved a Central Park monument featuring - for the first time - accomplished women.A city commission voted Monday to pay tribute to three civil rights pioneers: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth.Currently, the famous park has 23 statues of men who left their mark on history but there's not a single female, unless fictional characters such as Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland are included.Artist Meredith Bergmann's work is to be dedicated next August, marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States.The sculpture will break what some have dubbed the "bronze ceiling'' in the 166-year-old urban oasis.The final approval came from the Public Design Commission, an agency that reviews artworks on city-owned property.

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