EVE stand for Equal Visibility Everywhere. You can read the EVE factsheet (PDF) and the "who we are" for more details about the group, but basically they are working to "achieve gender parity in the symbols and icons of the United States. We're taking on statues, stamps, street names, currency, national holidays, and more." And it's just like ... yes please can we change some of this. Ya know? Can you even imagine a woman on a form of currency in this country that is actually used on a daily basis, and not just in a vending machine? Or for a complete OMG moment, think about a national holiday that involved a woman. And isn't it just shameful we don't have either? Check out these numbers, from EVE:
- There isn’t a single national holiday named after a woman.
- Not a single woman graces our paper currency.
- Only nine of the 100 statues in National Statuary Hall are of women.
- Less than 25% of the postage stamps issued by our government to commemorate individuals are of women.
- The overwhelming majority of streets are named after men.
- In New York City there are 150 statues of people: 145 are men and 5 are of women.
- The overwhelming majority of schools are named after men.
Read about this Gertrude Stein statue here.
And read up on what they have to say about the private sector. It ain't pretty, as they say. (The Time magazine fact is especially mind boggling.)
When you get a chance, I recommend exploring EVE's site. It's put together well and has great information. There are also polls you can vote in and ways to get involved. One of the current projects is the National Statutory Hall; Ohio is voting on a replacement statue for Gov. William Allen (whose pro-slavery views are apparently just now embarrassing), and three of the 10 possible replacement statues are women. The list:
- Thomas Edison, inventor
- Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and author
- Jesse Owens, Olympic gold medal winner
- Harriet Taylor Upton, women’s suffrage activist
- James M. Ashley, Toledo congressman and abolitionist
- Wright brothers, Dayton aviation pioneers
- William McCulloch, Piqua congressman and civil rights supporter
- Judith Resnik, Akron astronaut who died on the Challenger
- Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine
- Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president and Civil War general