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From Joan of Arc to Eleanor Roosevelt: Female Statues Mapped

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Yes, there's a statue of a dude on a horse in nearly every traffic circle in D.C. — and lots of images of old presidents, admirals and male muckety-mucks around town. But the city also boasts a sorority of statues of women, if only you know where to look. After the jump, a map of some of our favorite gals, let us know if we missed a few. -Jenn Barger


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Eleanor Roosevelt - FDR Memorial

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A life-size Eleanor Roosevelt, looking downright glowing in bronze, stands in front a symbol of the UN at the sprawling memorial dedicated to her husband. Photo by Flickr user Joel Kramer

Joan of Arc - Meridian Hill Park

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Non, the 13th-century French vision-haver never visited D.C. This 1922 statue was erected to salute Gallic-American friendship. She's got a boss-looking sword, too, which was missing for years and was only recently replaced. Photo by Flickr user Ian Duncan

St. Bernadette - Franciscan Monastary

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Nineteenth-century French nun Bernadette Soubirous, aka. St. Bernadette, saw visions at the Grotto of Lourdes. Now, you can see her pious-looking form kneeling in the garden of the Franciscan Monastery. Photo by Flickr user Siena Photo

Nymphs of Dupont Circle Fountain

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Naked nymphs don't seem like the usual way to commemorate a Civil War hero (Admiral Samuel Dupont). But these lovelies are meant to symbolize Sea and Stars, and they get to frolic with a naked male pal, Wind.

Vietnam Women's Memorial

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Glenna Goodacre created a heartbreaking bronze showing a nurse comforting a dying soldier. Photo by Flickr user Wally Gobetz

Serenity - Meridian Hill Park

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Created by Spanish sculptor José Clara in 1925, this rather zaftig form was meant to symbolize, duh, a zen-like being. Serenity has suffered some abuse over the years — a broken nose, an amputated hand. Yet, true to her name, she still looks chill. Photo by Flickr user Rachel Patterson

Bartholdi Fountain Babes

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The sculpted beings holding up this ornate fountain are known as tritons, but they look like badass Victorian bodybuilding women to us. The two-level confection, created by Frédéric August Bartholdi in 1876, sits in a verdant park just off the National Mall. Photo by Flickr user Clif

Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial

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Known for starting a private school for African-American students, the civil rights leader is commemorated with a bronze statue showing her with — who else? — cute children. Photo by Flickr user Jonathon Colman

Guglielmo Marconi Memorial

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In a tiny Mount Pleasant park, a bare-breasted, golden 1941 Art Deco maiden created by Attilio Piccirilli seems to surf over a bust of radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi. Photo by Flickr user Adam Fagan

Founders of the DAR

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This 1929 marble sculpture by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney pays tribute to the founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Check out her sleek, late-flapper outfit! Photo by Flickr user Josh

Daguerre Memorial

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An 1890 salute in bronze by Jonathan Scott Hartley, this memorial honors French photography pioneer Louis Daguerre. Who is that woman? Who knows, but she's awfully attractive, in a Gibson Girl way. Photo by Flickr user Wall Gobetz

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Eleanor Roosevelt - FDR Memorial

A life-size Eleanor Roosevelt, looking downright glowing in bronze, stands in front a symbol of the UN at the sprawling memorial dedicated to her husband. Photo by Flickr user Joel Kramer

Joan of Arc - Meridian Hill Park

Non, the 13th-century French vision-haver never visited D.C. This 1922 statue was erected to salute Gallic-American friendship. She's got a boss-looking sword, too, which was missing for years and was only recently replaced. Photo by Flickr user Ian Duncan

St. Bernadette - Franciscan Monastary

Nineteenth-century French nun Bernadette Soubirous, aka. St. Bernadette, saw visions at the Grotto of Lourdes. Now, you can see her pious-looking form kneeling in the garden of the Franciscan Monastery. Photo by Flickr user Siena Photo

Nymphs of Dupont Circle Fountain

Naked nymphs don't seem like the usual way to commemorate a Civil War hero (Admiral Samuel Dupont). But these lovelies are meant to symbolize Sea and Stars, and they get to frolic with a naked male pal, Wind.

Vietnam Women's Memorial

Glenna Goodacre created a heartbreaking bronze showing a nurse comforting a dying soldier. Photo by Flickr user Wally Gobetz

Serenity - Meridian Hill Park

Created by Spanish sculptor José Clara in 1925, this rather zaftig form was meant to symbolize, duh, a zen-like being. Serenity has suffered some abuse over the years — a broken nose, an amputated hand. Yet, true to her name, she still looks chill. Photo by Flickr user Rachel Patterson

Bartholdi Fountain Babes

The sculpted beings holding up this ornate fountain are known as tritons, but they look like badass Victorian bodybuilding women to us. The two-level confection, created by Frédéric August Bartholdi in 1876, sits in a verdant park just off the National Mall. Photo by Flickr user Clif

Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial

Known for starting a private school for African-American students, the civil rights leader is commemorated with a bronze statue showing her with — who else? — cute children. Photo by Flickr user Jonathon Colman

Guglielmo Marconi Memorial

In a tiny Mount Pleasant park, a bare-breasted, golden 1941 Art Deco maiden created by Attilio Piccirilli seems to surf over a bust of radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi. Photo by Flickr user Adam Fagan

Founders of the DAR

This 1929 marble sculpture by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney pays tribute to the founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Check out her sleek, late-flapper outfit! Photo by Flickr user Josh

Daguerre Memorial

An 1890 salute in bronze by Jonathan Scott Hartley, this memorial honors French photography pioneer Louis Daguerre. Who is that woman? Who knows, but she's awfully attractive, in a Gibson Girl way. Photo by Flickr user Wall Gobetz