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San Francisco Sets Quotas.

Dec. 7, 2018

Almost all of San Francisco’s statues are of men, so the city Is setting a quota for statues of women. The first new statue under the ordinance—only San Francisco's fourth of a non-fictional woman—will be of poet Maya Angelou.

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Maya Angelou (1993). Photo of Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

“Across our nation, women are underrepresented not only in leadership positions but also in public spaces,” said Catherine Stefani, of San Francisco’s board of supervisors. “The accomplishments of great women deserve to be recognized alongside the accomplishments of great men.” 

“The Maya Angelou statue is a first step to accomplishing full representation of women in our city,” Stefani told the San Francisco Examiner. “When we see streets, public buildings and works of art we will finally see the women who have impacted the world.”