MAE WEST popped up in her hometown newspaper: The New York Daily News.
• • In an intriguing article about male domination in The Big Apple's public sculpture sector, columnist Lion Calandra points out the sad fact that there is not a single statue of a woman found on public property in any borough outside Manhattan.
• • Lion Calandra writes: Manhattan has seven statues and one bust depicting women: Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Joan of Arc, Mother Goose, Alice in Wonderland, Juliet (with her Romeo), and Harriet Tubman, which was installed last year. But three of the statues are of fictional characters — — so those don't count.
• • Lion Calandra explains further: There are representations of women around town. There's Beauty and Freedom and winged angels, too. And we cannot forget the grande dame, Lady Liberty. But she's not a real lady so that doesn't count, either. Other cities honor women. . . .
• • In this city, there is certainly no shortage of women who are worthy of their own real estate. It's time to bring on the broads.
• • It would be great to honor Elizabeth Ann Seton, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Dorothy Parker or Maria Callas. There's always Mae West, Amelia Earhart, Dorothy Day, Anne Frank or Mary Ewing Outerbridge. And how about Emily Warren Roebling, Edith Wharton or the Queens-born Marie Maynard Daly and Estee Lauder? Juliette Gordon Low, Marian Anderson and Bella Abzug would make fine neighbors.
• • There are still many more pioneering women who deserve to be honored, too many to mention here. So, instead of City Council members and at least one borough president flowing money to fictitious groups and nonprofits controlled by relatives, it might be a nice time to use those slush funds to construct a statue honoring a woman. Whaddaya say, lawmakers? . . .
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• • Article: "Women on pedestals? About time!"
• • Byline: Lion Calandra, Daily News Columnist
• • Published in: The New York Daily News — — www.nydailynews.com
• • Published on: Tuesday, 7 October 2008
• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1934 • •