This is a work by Mr Dana Gibson, which was ultimately rejected. Gibson places a hammer in the hand of womanhood, thus demonstrating that the memorial is a tribute from women to men, but also emphasising the capacities of the 'weaker sex' at a time when women's suffrage was a live issue.
The eventual Washington memorial was a figure with outstretched arms, designed by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, whose brother Alfred Vanderbilt was lost in the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915.
Perhaps the Gibson design was considered too politically controversial for its day.
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Added to Encyclopedia Titanica Saturday 12th June 2004, last updated Thursday 23rd April 2015.