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`3 women in tub' a source of Capitol infighting

So who are those "women in the bathtub"?

Congressional infighting continues to surround a seven-ton statue depicting three leading suffragettes, which was moved this summer to a place of honor in the Capitol Rotunda.While the huge white structure now gets plenty of attention from tourists, most are baffled.

The statue, officially known as the Portrait Monument, has no plaque identifying Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott or explaining their role in winning women the right to vote. It is the only statue in the Rotunda that lacks such information.

It took nearly two years for women's rights advocates to persuade Congress to move the statue from an obscure spot on the first floor of the Capitol to a place among American heroes in the ornate Rotunda. The statue finally came to rest there on June 26 of this year and is slated to stay at least a year.

So why no plaque? The wording has to win the approval of both the House Oversight Committee and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee - something that has been difficult to achieve thus far.

And if the statue's history is anything to go by, members will agree upon wording for the display sometime next summer, just before the whole structure is slated to leave the Rotunda.

Dist. by Scripps Howard News Service.