Breaking The Bronze Ceiling Announces Four Finalists for Women's History Monument in Lexington

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Breaking The Bronze Ceiling is a campaign to build a monument to celebrate the history of women in Lexington and Fayette County, Kentucky.  The campaign kicked off in March 2018 with a public event at ArtsPlace in Lexington. Their goal is to raise $500,000 and have a monument in place in a prominent downtown Lexington location in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. See more at their website: The Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project has been supporting this initiative by supplying pamphlets, posters, bookmarks, speeches and historical references for newspaper articles for the campaign.

On Women's Equality Day, 26 August 2019, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton joined Councilmembers Jennifer Mossotti and Kathy Plomin, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Pamela Goodwine, former Vice Mayor Isabel Yates and former Governor Martha Layne Collins to unveil the location of Lexington's Breaking the Bronze Ceiling monument. Thanks to the Webb Companies, the monument will occupy a corner of the Financial Center Plaza, at the corner of Mill and Vine streets. The statue will be unveiled next year, part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.

On September 19th Breaking the Bronze Ceiling participated in the Lexington Gallery Hop with an exhibit of four artists' maquettes displayed at ArtsPlace at a Sneak Peek Event open to the public. The four finalists for the commission (out of 127 submissions from a national call for artists) are: Vinnie Bagwell of New York (, Jane DeDecker of Colorado (, Cliff Garten of California (, and Barbara Grygrutis of Arizona ( The Breaking the Bronze Ceiling group plans to announce the winning proposal sometime soon, before the end of this year. Follow their updates on Facebook at, Twitter at, or Instagram at

Read more here:

Kevin Nance, "Will one of these monuments to women's suffrage finally break Lexington's bronze ceiling?" Lexington Herald Leader (20 September 2019).

Woody Phillips, "BTBC Media Announcement," TOPS in Lexington (26 August 2019).

Garrett Wymer, "Four finalists unveiled for Lexington sculpture to 'break the bronze ceiling'" WKYT (19 September 2019).

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