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After an extensive career as a nurse and a research specialist, I retired and returned to Loveland, Colorado. I am honored to be a member of the board for the Every Word We Utter Monument for placement in Washington, D.C. This sculpture will be a lasting legacy commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement and passage of the 19th amendment. Jane DeDecker’s bronze sculpture will give a physical depiction of the past and continued effort promoting equality for women. Jane has educated me and many others in bringing awareness of the many years struggle these women endured to gain the right to vote.
There was also the realization that when my mother was born women did not have the right to vote, a privilege I have always taken for granted. As a board member I will continue to promote, advocate and support the establishment of the Every Word We Utter Monument.
Rachel Von Houten
I’m always searching for new learning experiences, on both a personal and professional basis, and I pride myself on being someone who knows a little about a lot. My time is balanced between building the career I love, raising my family, and throwing myself into the side projects I’m most passionate about. My purpose in life is to help improve the lives of those around me and leave the world a better place than I found it.
I’m very interested in supporting Every Word We Utter being installed in Washington D.C. This is a huge opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday of the 19th Amendment and continue the mission of equality for all. I’m especially grateful for this project because it honors the women of color who also fought for the right to vote. Too often in the past, the Suffrage Movement has been whitewashed and left women of color by the wayside. I’m excited to see this project come to fruition.
As a Colorado native and outdoor enthusiast. I am an avid hiker, especially in Rocky Mountain National Park. After learning of Jane sculpture I feel strongly that future generations will learn more about the 19th Amendment and the suffragist’s history and be inspired by Jane’s Monument.