Hidden History.


“The term “Hidden History” is used when the history of a hitherto neglected group begins to appear: as, for example, in the case of black history, women’s history, lesbian and gay history…The phrase is not simply used to describe the group’s emergence into mainstream history: it also has an explicit message that these groups have lacked a history because society has been unwilling to see them as a separate group with particular rights. Groups hidden from history are hidden for three reasons. They are hidden because of prejudices against the group in the past, because of modern prejudices; and because of the absence of records.”

Anne Lawrence, Women in England in 1500-1760: A Social History

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Honoring Women
in Public Spaces


Our built environment is filled with spaces that celebrate our male leaders. Our public places are often decorated with monuments that honor only our masculine heroes. Yet this is slowly beginning to change. In the past twenty years, monuments to women have been incrementally added to our cityscapes. Now Western New York will honor our pioneering women.

United States


5,193 Public Statues
394 Statues to Women

Great Britain


925 Public Statues
158 Statues to Women
(110 allegorical, 29 to Queen Victoria)

Buffalo, NEW YORK


106 Public Statues
2 Statues to Women

US National Parks


411 Parks
9 Parks Dedicated to Women

The Monuments

The first three in a series of  statues and plaques to pioneering women from Western New York will be designed and placed throughout WNY in this inaugural project. These women were leaders in their communities and the country. Their inspiring lives and careers deserve to be celebrated.

Monuments in their honor will unveil their hidden histories.



The first professional woman architect in the United States, Louise Blanchard Bethune was a national leader in the architectural profession during the Gilded Age. A staunch advocate for equal pay for equal work, Bethune advocated for co-education and design excellence in educational design.


An internationally respected civil rights leader, Mary Burnett Talbert was an anti-lynching activist, suffragist, preservationist and educator. She was an early member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, which helped organize the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Geraldine “Gawö:sid-tah” Green longhouse leader and faithkeeper 

A devoted educator of her Haudenosaunee traditions, Sid-tah was one of the venerable fluent speakers of the Seneca language who shared her knowledge throughout the region, nationally and internationally. She was a leader in the Newtown Longhouse, serving as head women’s faithkeeper for the animal clans.

Monument Locations


Three monuments to pioneering local women will be designed and placed
throughout Western New York. 

Locations will be announced soon!