The Ripples

When a water drop impacts the water it pushes waves outward and then rebounds upward as a smaller droplet. This droplet, called a daughter droplet – gains height – then falls back to the water in what is called a coalescent cascade. The coalescent cascade uncovered new meaning in the design concept that captures the height and breadth of the suffragists’ work. As Stanton said at the Second Women’s Rights Convention in Rochester, NY, “Woman herself must do this work – for woman alone can understand the height, and the depth, the length and the breadth of her own degradation and woe.”

The first bronze ripple will hold the names of the women on the first tier of the monument along with their contemporaries, names such as Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, Frances Willard. These are the women who envisioned the women’s right to vote. The next ripple includes the names of the second wave of the movement, those women who experienced the ratification of the nineteenth Amendment and voted for the first time, Alva Belmont, Inez Mullholand and Lucy Burns. The outer bronze ripple, which comes to the edge of the fence, could represent the names of women who have made significant contributions to the ideals of the sentiments, not just the right to vote, but continued efforts for equality for all women, women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and maybe some of the younger generation.