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The Women's Plaza of Honor
at the University of Arizona, Tucson
Patricia Taylor, Governor Janet
Napolitano & Margaret McGonagill
at the Women's Plaza of Honor
Dedication Ceremony Sept. 30, 2005
Consuelo Taylor
de Murrieta, one of the
first women to be
honored in the Women's
Plaza of Honor
Arches and columns in the
Women's Plaza of Honor at the
University of Arizona
Conceptualized in 1999, the Plaza is the result of years of hard work and the collaborative efforts of the UA Department of Women's Studies, the Women's Studies Advisory Council, countless volunteers, community leaders and businesses. These groups recognized the under-representation of women in public spaces and were passionate about creating a monument to draw attention to women's diverse and important roles at work, in the home, and in the community. The Plaza enriches individuals and the community by celebrating the contributions of women, documenting women's lives, and raising funds for the Women's Studies endowment to support students, teaching and research.

Region: Tucson
Theme: Historic Preservation, Work, Arts, and Government

The Women's Plaza of Honor was dedicated in 2005 by Governor Janet Napolitano. Construction of the Plaza transformed a neglected area on the UA campus into a beautiful, meaningful space for the University and Arizona communities. Designed by UA alumna, the Plaza's unique arrangement of plants, lighting and water intermingle with archways, benches and sculptural elements to represent the stages of a woman's life. The names of honored women are inscribed throughout the space. The Plaza is a living monument that provides students, faculty, alumni, and community members with a warm, inviting, meditative space. It is frequently used for campus and community events such as celebrations and receptions, weddings, discussions with visiting artists, film screenings, and Take Back the Night rallies.

The Plaza honors women from all walks of life, such as individuals like Ella Rumley, an activist for equal rights for Native Americans; Sadie Osborne Turner, a devoted mother, grandmother, and active church member; Angela Hutchinson Hammer, a pioneer Wickenburg newspaper-woman and publisher; and Carmen Beltran, a poet, playwright, and columnist. These and more than 600 other women - both living and deceased - are currently honored at the Plaza. Honorees can be nominated by family members, friends, business associates, organizations, and anyone who wishes to recognize the ways women have bettered the lives of others.

The goals and mission of the Women's Plaza of Honor go far beyond the physical monument. The life stories and pictures of honorees are posted on the Plaza's Web site. In addition, the on-site computer kiosk, allows Plaza visitors to view information about specific honorees. The preservation and accessibility of women's life stories ensures that the contributions of the honorees will be remembered and available for future generations of students, researchers, women's groups and organizations, and the general public.

The public is welcome and encouraged to stroll through the Plaza's 1.3 acre site and consider the histories of the women it represents. Additional details about the Women's Plaza of Honor and the database of honoree life stories can be found at http://womensplaza.arizona.edu.

 

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