The ground breaking for the construction of the Virginia Women’s Monument was held on the grounds of the state Capitol on Dec. 4. “Voices from the Garden,” when completed in Oct. 2019, will feature 12 bronze statues depicting significant women selected from 400 years of Virginia’s history. “I’m proud to look out into this crowd and see young girls who will
grow up knowing that Virginia values and honors their contributions,” said former state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington, who heads the Women’s Monument Commission. Gov. Terry McAuliffe addressed the controversy over harassment of women: “At a very difficult time that we have in our nation today, as we hear about different issues as it relates to women, I think it’s appropriate that we here in Virginia are leading the way once again.” The monument representing different centuries of women’s contributions to Virginia is the first ever put on the grounds of any of the 50 state capitols in America, he said.