Every Word We Utter

the Sculpture that inspired
The Women’s Suffrage National Monument

Jane DeDecker’s name and sculpture inspired the  law authorizing the Womens Suffrage National Monument and the nonprofit with the original mission statement:

The sole mission of Every Word We Utter Monument is to support Jane DeDecker’s efforts to design and create a tribute to the women’s suffrage movement and ensure its placement in Washington D.C.  This monument will support ongoing women’s suffrage education and inspire future generations to use their voice.

This original concept is one of several  created by the Artist, Jane DeDecker.   Every Word We Utter spearheaded the bill to authorize a Women’s Suffrage National Monument in Washington DC.   HR473 was signed into law on December 17, 2020.  The final design will be a collaboration with the National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission, the Artist, and the selected Architect.   Learn about the Journey

We are going to build a monument to the power of collaboration.

Women’s participation in our democracy did not come easy.

The work is not done.

Rights for women need to be continualy recognized and expanded upon.

We need this commerative monument to keep their their vision alive in the continued efforts towards equality.

Together we can fill in the missing stories of the women who helped build our democracy.

Ida B. Wells 

— journalist, teacher, abolitionist, suffragist—

battled both sexism and racism and dedicated her life to protecting human rights.

 She advocated for women’s civic rights and protected the idea of motherhood and activism.

Ida fought against lynching and
co-founded the NAACP.

Harriett Stanton Blatch

— writer, politician, abolitionist, suffragist — 

founded the Equality League of Self-Supporting Women. 

She organized labor activists and promoted women’s rights to wealth and distinction.

Harriet mobilized women in the suffrage movement.

Alice Paul 

— American Quaker, feminist, activist, suffragist —

organized pickets, marches, protests and rallies.

She fought for women’s rights to  profitable employment and fair wage. 

Alice strategized, campaigned, and lobbied congress for the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Sojourner Truth

 — orator, entrepreneur, abolitionist, and women’s rights activist — 

advocated for the education of freed slaves and the desegregation of streetcars. 

She was an outspoken advocate against incarceration. 

Sojourner was the first Black woman to win a child custody case in court.

Susan B Anthony

— teacher, social reformer,

author, orator — 

 petitioned to support equal pay for female teachers.

She believed women needed to voice their ideas in the formation of laws.

She was arrested and fined for casting a ballot in 1872.

Susan drafted the 19th Amendment to include women as citizens.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

— abolitionist, human rights activist, lecturer, author —

studied law in her father’s office.

She recognized the rights for women to have legal council, to have guardianship of their own children, and to own property.

Elizabeth declared the unequivocal truth that men and women are created equal.

Join the movement
13 February 2019

HR 473 Passes House

Congressman Joe Neguse speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives the day HR473 passes the House.

3 December 2020

HR 473 is read aloud on the United States Senate Floor.

17 december 2020

Members of the former Centennial Suffrage Commission witness the passage of HR 473.