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,
Alice, Ida, and countless
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
sturdy as trees, rising on the
of each others shoulders
strategic as generals,
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’
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.
I respond to an call for a Women’s Rights Monument for placement in Central Park in New York City
I fly to NY to present my Women’s Right’s Monument Every Word We Utter
June 29, 2018
Every Word We Utter is not chosen for Central Park.
July 19, 2018
The National Women’s Party makes contact on Twitter
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 24, 2018
Discover the Commemorative Works Act. Meet with the National Park Service and learn
- we need a Congressional Sponsor to get a law passed
- a memorial design can go to a specific artist (me) and does not have to go through the RFP process.
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
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
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.”