More female statues to be erected in San Francisco: report

A statue of Maya Angelou (left/Getty Image) will be put up outside the San Francisco Main Library in 2020. Only two female statues currently exist in The City, including that of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (

San Francisco plans to immortalize more women.

The Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services committee passed an ordinance Wednesday that would ensure the city puts up more statues of women, and names more buildings and streets after them, too, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The first planned statue under the new rules would be of the late poet Maya Angelou and be located outside the Main Library. It is to be installed by December 2020.

The city's children "must see the accomplishments of great women alongside great men," said Catherine Stefani, sponsor of this ordinance told the Chronicle. "The Maya Angelou statue is a first step to accomplishing full representation of women in our city."

Of the 87 public statues around San Francisco, just two represent real women: One is of Sen. Dianne Feinstein in City Hall, and the second of British citizen Florence Nightingale, a social reformer, outside Laguna Honda Hospital.