LOVELAND, Colo. — If you believe in something enough, what seems impossible may be attainable.
"It's all going to fall into place," Jane DeDecker said.
She is a sculptor in Loveland working on a monument dedicated to the women who fought for the rights of all women to vote.
"This is Susan B. Anthony," DeDecker said. "A little bit of (Elizabeth) Cady Stanton, her daughter Harriet Stanton Blatch, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, and Alice Paul."
It's easy to understand why DeDecker cares so much.
"I come from a family with, I have six sisters. So, women's issues are paramount," DeDecker said.
Kyle Dellabetta supports his wife's dedication.
"She's fearless, dives right in," Dellabetta said.
DeDecker is dedicated to people who turned what seemed impossible, possible.
"I feel like a lot of women don't even realize it," DeDecker said. "Their grandmothers didn't get to vote. You know, I think we just assumed that we always had that right."
Now, it's DeDecker's turn to fight for something difficult.
"D.C. seemed perfect for me to have it there," DeDecker said.
She is working with Jody Shadduck-McNally with the forming nonprofit group called "Every Word We Utter" to donate her monument to the National Park Service so it can be placed in the nation's Capitol.
"We didn't know we'd have to do all these steps to just donate a monument to the National Park Service," Shadduck-McNally said. "But, it's been quite the education and journey."
All these steps include having Congress pass a bill to accept the donation. It also required physical steps to the offices of every legislator in Washington D.C. to ask for support.
"We did a lot of walking about 25,000 steps a day at least and we were there at a very busy time in Washington," Shadduck-McNally said.
Their struggle is fueled by the struggles of the women on the monument, Dellabetta says.
"Because right now, you can go around Washington D.C. and the only women you see are all collapsed women at the boots of some man on horseback who came to save them," Dellabetta said.
DeDecker wants to change that by having her monument stand tall.
"It's about 18 feet, as tall as my ceiling will allow me to go," DeDecker said.
She says their bill, House Resolution 473, is close to being passed.
"It's a bi-partisan sort of issue. Everyone feels like it's important," DeDecker said.
She is making plans to have her sculpture displayed near the U.S. Supreme Court building and Senate offices.
"You know, we've been overlooked and I just feel like these women do not need to be overlooked anymore," DeDecker said.
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