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.
LOUISE BLANCHARD BETHUNE, FAIA
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.
MARY BURNETT TALBERT
cIVIL RIGHTS LEADER
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
A devote educator of her Haudenosaunee traditions, Sid-tah was one of the venerable fluent speakers of the Seneca language who shared her knowledge with throughout the region, nationally and internationally. She was a leader in the Newtown longhouse, serving in the role of head women’s faithkeeper for the animal clans.