May 18, 2019

Neguse Secures Hearing For Every Word We Utter Legislation to Install Loveland Artist Jane DeDecker’s Sculpture in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C.— Congressman Joe Neguse has secured a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee on legislation that would install Jane DeDecker’s Every Word We Utter sculpture as the first outdoor monument for the women’s suffrage movement in Washington D.C. This sculpture features Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton with her daughter Harriot Stanton Blatch, Sojourner Truth, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22nd, one day after the 100th anniversary of the House’s passage of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. Anna M. Laymon, National Events Director for the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission, will join as a witness for the women’s monument bill at the hearing.

“I’m incredibly excited to have secured a hearing to move this important legislation through Committee,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Jane DeDecker’s statue is a gorgeous portrayal of the brave and bold women behind the women’s suffrage movement and it is only fitting that we would hear testimony on this bill on the same week we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the House’s passage of the 19th amendment. I look forward to seeing her work installed in Washington D.C. as the first ever outdoor monument to honor the movement and for her artistry to continue to inspire young women across our nation for generations to come.”

“In creating this sculpture, I was deeply inspired by the words of Elizabeth Cady Stanton in a letter to Lucretia Mott about the power of each and every gesture in the women’s movement: ‘Every word we utter, every act we perform, waft unto innumerable circles beyond.’ The work of which Stanton spoke is not yet done,” said Jane DeDecker, sculptor of Every Word We Utter. “I believe that this sculpture will inspire young women to take action, make their voices heard and continue the movement. I am so grateful for Congressman Neguse’s efforts to secure a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee and for the support his legislation has already garnered. I know that together we can create and install the Every Word We Utter monument in a prominent location by the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment in August 2020.”

“The Every Word We Utter Board has been working diligently to advance the effort to place this statue in Washington, D.C. through fundraising and awareness raising,” said Jody Shadduck-McNally, President of the Every Word We Utter Board. “We are proud to see the progress that our efforts have created. I cannot think of a better way to honor the 100th anniversary of the House passing the 19th amendment than by holding this hearing. It is thanks to the tireless efforts of this multi-generational group of women depicted in this statue that the amendment was taken up in the House - they deserve recognition for their perseverance and success.”

“Suffragists began their organized fight for women’s equality in 1848 when they demanded the right to vote during the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. For the next 72 years, women leaders lobbied, marched, picketed, and protested for the right to the ballot, and today, more than 68 million women vote in elections because of the courageous suffragists who never gave up the fight for equality,” said Anna M. Laymon, National Events Director for the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission. “Public monuments serve to make our country’s stories, experiences, and victories accessible, and it is time that we honor the brave and brilliant women who stood up for what was right, no matter the cost. Women’s history is American history, and The Every Word We Utter Monument brings to life a story that is critical to the foundations of our democracy. As we approach the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, it is our responsibility to ensure that the story of the women who waged and won the fight for the vote is told and retold for the next 100 years.”

H.R. 473, the bill to install Ever Word We Utter was introduced by Congressman Joe Neguse in the 116th Congress in January. This is the second Natural Resources Committee hearing this Congress which considered legislation from Neguse, in April the Committee held a hearing on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, legislation from Neguse and Senator Bennet to preserve about 400,000 acres of public lands across the state.