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The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council and Mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, have come together with private companies and community members to support the erection of a commemorative piece of public art in honor of the history of women in this area. "Breaking the Bronze Ceiling" is the significant first step in creating public art that more fully represents the diverse history of our city, beginning with commemorations of visionary and inspiring women. Our goal is to have a monument in place in a prominent downtown Lexington location in 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Breaking the Bronze Ceiling invites Kentucky residents to submit nominations for women or events in women’s history in and around Lexington that should be considered for future public commemoration. We ask that submitters offer no more than three (3) nominations of an event, person or group important to Lexington's history.
Criteria for Nominations
- Event, person or group must have a significant connection to the Lexington area.
- If an event, it must have happened at least 20 years ago; If a person of significance, that person must no longer be living and must be known for an event, movement or action that took place at least 20 years ago.
- Groups or categories of women, not bound by time, will be taken into consideration (immigrant workers, domestic workers, etc.)
To submit a nomination, visit the Breaking the Bronze Ceiling website (https://breakingthebronzeceiling.com/) and scroll to the bottom to find the nomination form. Deadline is November 6th.
For ideas on who in Lexington's history or key events in central Kentucky's history to nominate, see past posts on the Breaking the Bronze Ceiling Facebook community page or visit the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project portal in the H-Kentucky network for a detailed timeline of Kentucky women's suffrage history and biographical sketches.
Donations - not required for submitting a nomination - are kindly welcome: https://breakingthebronzeceiling.com/donate/.
Breaking the Bronze Ceiling
Chairperson Jennifer Mossotti, LFUCG Councilmember