Every Word WE UTTER

The concept of this proposed women’s monument was inspired by a letter from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Lucretia Mott in which she wrote about the power of words and deeds: “Every word we utter, every act we perform, waft unto innumerable circles, beyond.” I wanted to capture the collective energy from all women who have made this happen, as well as acknowledge that we still need to keep moving as we strive for equality.

Ode to the Suffragists

For Susan, Elizabeth,

Sojourner, Harriet, 

Alice, Ida, and countless

strong, eloquent,

and dedicated others

they were fiercer than

their own bones

wilder than any bird slipping the

bars of cage

more insistent than ocean tides, 

coming ashore again and again

and they marched and sang

canny as water, 

freezing and melting to

crack granite

sturdy as trees, rising on the


of each others shoulders

strategic as generals,

marshaling forces,

mapping the way

and they marched and spoke

their urgent words becoming

a deep thrum

insurgent, outspoken, wise,


patient and impatient 

differing and agreeing

fermenting, fomenting, witty,


and because failure was


they marched deeper into freedom

dissolving the mineral ‘no’


Veronica Patterson 


Coalescent Cascade

When a water droplet impacts a body of water it pushes waves outward and rebounds upward as a smaller droplet. This droplet, called the daughter droplet – gains height – then falls back to the water in what is called a coalescent cascade. This describes the height, breadth, and lasting impact of the Suffragists’ work.

Dedicated to their history

Concepts for her sculptures are embedded in DeDecker’s research, and every sculptural gesture is a deliberate connection to the in depth digging she does to understand her subject.  With every new challenge, DeDecker’s studio is covered in stacks of photos; copies of articles, journals, poems, and interviews; piles of clothing and physical artifacts.  She searches for words and patterns to help her interpret the soul of her subject in a visual form.  DeDecker is intrigued by more than capturing a likeness.  She sculpts a piece until the research takes three-dimensional form and the viewer feels what her subjects must have felt. 

Spearheading Hr473

November, 2017

I respond to an call for a Women’s Rights Monument for placement in Central Park in New York City

November, 2017

March, 2018

I fly to NY to present my Women’s Right’s Monument Every Word We Utter


March, 2018

June 29, 2018

Every Word We Utter is not chosen for Central Park.

June 29, 2018

July 19, 2018

The National Women’s Party makes contact on Twitter


July 19, 2018

August 18, 2018

Fly to DC to explore possible sites, meet with  the National Women’s Party and donate the Every Wrod We Utter sculpture to the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument Museum.


August 18, 2018

August 24, 2018

Discover the Commemorative Works Act.   Meet with the National Park Service and learn

  1. we need a Congressional Sponsor to get a law passed 
  2. a memorial design can go to a specific artist (me) and does not have to go through the RFP process.
August 24, 2018

Oct 2, 2018

Jane Kyle Jody return to Washington DC to visit with all the US Senators and Representatives seeking a Congressional Sponsor for our Bill to authorize a women’s monument in Washington DC

Oct 2, 2018

October 30 2018

Colorado Representative Polis (now Governor Polis) introduces the first bill authorizing the Nation Women’s Monument in Washington DC in the last months of the 115th Congress.

We begin the outreach to LWV, AAUW and the National Women’s Party

October 30 2018

January 10 2019

On January 10 2019 Congressman Joe Neguse and the entire Colorado Delegation sponsor and reintroduce HR 473,  the Bill authorizing the Women’s Suffrage National Monument in Washington DC, to the 116th Congress.

On January 10, 1878, Senator Aaron Sargent of California introduced a resolution to the 47th Congress for an amendment to the Constitution to provide for woman suffrage: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

January 10 2019
thank you