Group to propose Ohio Statehouse women’s suffrage memorial


COLUMBUS (AP) — A permanent memorial to the women’s suffrage movement would be erected on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse, under a proposal to be made to the Statehouse governing body next week.

Fund-raising for the memorial would likely top $1 million, members of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission told the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board on Wednesday. If approved, memorial construction could follow after a five-year waiting period.

Commission members noted that currently, all monuments to actual historical figures on the Statehouse grounds are of men, Gongwer News Service reported.

“The only time you see female characters portrayed is as mythological creatures,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican and a commission member whose state office also houses the centennial commission, said Thursday.

The depiction of an angel with an olive branch on a World War I Statehouse memorial, erected in 1923, remembers the soldiers and the “women left behind,” said Sen. Stephanie Kunze, a Republican from Hilliard in suburban Columbus.

“1923 was not very long after World War I and here we are trying to do something one hundred years after,” she said.