“Every Word We Utter,” depicts Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton as a drop of water that forms the ripples of perpetual change. Inspired by a letter from Stanton to Lucretia Mott in which she wrote about the power of every gesture in the women’s movement: “Every word we utter, every act we perform, waft unto innumerable circles beyond”, the composition centrally places Anthony and Stanton writing the Nineteenth Amendment. This nucleus holds the beginning of the women’s movement. To the side of the authors stands the elder Sojourner Truth, a beacon for the movement. The young Harriet Stanton Blatch represents the future. From this nucleus a coalescent cascade rises, elevating the future soldiers of the movement. It was the continued efforts of these “daughters” represented by that achieved the ratification of the 19th Amendment, represented by Ida B. Wells and Alice Paul. The American flag occupies the pinnocal of the monument with the ratification flag cascading down to the innumerable circles that ripple outwards.
I know that together we can create and install the monument Every Word We Utter in a prominent location before the 100th Anniversary of the 19 Amendment (August 2020). I personally am hoping for a site in Washington D.C., and have reached out the National Women’s Party regarding a potential site and the process for making a donation in all our names. As I am moving forward with the enlargement and I am asking for your help to cover the costs.
I believe that Every Word We Utter will inspire young women to take action, make their voices heard and continue the movement as Sojourner Truth once said “to set the world right-side up again”.
The ripples have come under my feet, and my gestures in clay are my contributions to the continued work that we as women need to do. The work is not done. I believe the words of Anthony and Stanton still inspire, for these words were meant for action. indeed, these words became action. Actions became the movement. Let the ripples come under your feet and let them hear Every Word We Utter.