It's time to see women in Lexington, MA
LexSeeHer, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Lexington, Massachusetts, the "Birthplace of American Liberty." Our mission is to make women visible. We initiated the call for a monument to recognize and honor women's economic, political, intellectual, social and cultural contributions to our community and country.
We began our work on March 8, 2020 - International Women's Day. We believed that a dedicated group of volunteers could establish the first monument to recognize women's contributions in Lexington across time. LexSeeHer hoped the monument would honor historic women, and would also invite dialogue about what “liberty” and “freedom” have meant to women from the 18th century to the present.
LexSeeHer selected sculptor Meredith Bergmann for the project in November 2021. “Meredith Bergmann distinguished herself by proposing an innovative, inclusive concept that beautifully conveys the many interconnected ways Lexington women have advanced liberty," said Jessie Steigerwald, LexSeeHer President. A preliminary sketch depicted 20 women and girls in the design, highlighting a wide variety of women's contributions across the town's 300+ year history.
LexSeeHer advocated to site the monument on the Visitors Center lawn. It will be located within historic Lexington, alongside Massachusetts Avenue and near the following landmarks: Buckman Tavern, the Lexington Battle Green, Cary Memorial Library, the Visitors Center and the Minuteman Bikeway.
Amber Iqbal, Nominations Subcommittee Member and Steering Committee member, commented, "I love this design and the diversity of the women chosen. Meredith portrays each of the historical women elegantly, showing both their struggles and triumphs." Learn more about the women.
Why a monument? “As the ‘Birthplace of American Liberty’, Lexington offers a wealth of history about men’s courageous acts,” observed Michelle Tran, LexSeeHer's Secretary and Steering Committee Founder.
MarthaLeticia Valencia, co-chair of the Events Team, shared, "Meredith's preliminary sketch depicts many of the women who have contributed to the history of Lexington."
“Meredith’s commitment to social justice and historical redress through sensitively conceived public art is exactly what we are looking for,” commented Betty Gau, LexSeeHer Steering Committee member. “We are thrilled to work with her on this exciting project for Lexington and women everywhere.”
The work recognizes that “liberty” means different things to different people: Freedom from British tyranny, enslavement, and gender norms, for example. And freedom to live our authentic lives and pursue our passions.
Visit www.MeredithBergmann.com for examples of Ms. Bergmann's work.