Two women represent Brunswick County on wall of honor

RICHMOND – There was excitement in the air for the hundreds of people who attended the dedication of the new Virginia Women’s Monument on Capitol Square held Monday, Oct. 14. For many in the crowd, the tribute to the extraordinary contributions of women to Virginia’s 400 years of history has been a long time coming and the day didn’t disappoint them or those who have worked so hard to make the project a reality.

The dedication ceremony included remarks by Governor Ralph Northam; Pamela Northam, First Lady of Virginia; the Honorable Mary Margaret Whipple, former State Senator and Vice-Chair of the Virginia Women’s Monument Commission; Senator Ryan McDougle, commission member; the Honorable Susan Clarke Schaar, Clerk of the Virginia Senate and commission member; Ivan Schwartz, Sculptor; Dr. Lauranette Lee, Capitol Preservation Council and Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond and Susan Allen, Chair of the Virginia Capitol Foundation and Former First Lady of Virginia.

Governor Northam, who serves as chair of the Virginia Women’s Monument Commission, said during the dedication that this monument has been long overdue.

“For far too long we have overlooked the transformative contributions of women and other underrepresented groups,” said Northam. “Until recently that has been the case on Capitol Square as well.”

Capitol Square is also home to the Virginia Civil Rights Monument which was dedicated in 2008, and “Mantle,” a monument dedicated to Virginia’s Indian tribes in 2018. The Virginia’s Women’s Monument: Voices from the Garden, which is located outside the west entrance to the Capitol building, has been almost 10 years in the making. The Virginia Women’s Monument Commission was created by the General Assembly in 2010 to “determine and recommend…an appropriate monument in Capitol Square to commemorate the contributions of the women of Virginia.”

For more information about the Virginia Women’s Monument, visit www.womensmonumentcom.virginia.gov. To make a contribution to the Virginia Women’s Monument, visit www.virginiacapitol.gov.

To read the entire article pick up the Oct. 30, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.