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We love a deep dive into Rhode Island history. Particularly those histories that are not taught in school and are hidden from view.
They were likely drawing from traditional images of women portrayed as the figure of Hope (right).
19th century state officials made it clear that they sought a figure atop the dome that represented Roger Williams, eventually becoming The Independent Man that we see there today.
On March 8, 2023, International Women's Day, we pose the question - who are the Independent Women of Rhode Island history?
With the help of Ten31 Productions, The Womxn Project Education Fund brings the Independent Woman to Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. While there, we share information and inspiration about Rhode Island's historic Independent Women!
Providence College - The Struggle for Woman Suffrage in Rhode Island
The Newport Historical Society - Women's Rights and History
The Rhode Island Historical Society - Portraits of Women
Newport History - Women and the Legal System in early Rhode Island
Thank you to The Rhode Island Historical Society for sharing resources with us!