The Statue of Liberty went dark for two hours Tuesday night — the eve of International Women's Day.
The unexpected outage at 10 p.m. left the statue with only her crown's interior lights and torch illuminated.
Two hours later, the landmark's official Twitter account said it was "likely related to new emergency generator/Hurricane Sandy recovery project work."
Some lights on the Statue were temporarily off tonight. Likely related to new emergency generator/Hurricane Sandy recovery project work.— Statue of Liberty NM (@StatueEllisNPS) March 8, 2017
While the lights were out, social media lit up over the symbolism. The incident occurred on the same day the president proposed a new travel ban on citizens from six Muslim nations.
Lady Liberty no longer lifts her lamp beside the golden door.— Digital Cuttlefish (@cuttlefishpoet) March 8, 2017
I suppose it was only a matter of time. #StatueOfLiberty
Others found Lady Liberty going dark as a symbol for her standing with the resistance for #DayWithoutWomen. The strike set for Wednesday — International Women's Day — is asking women to skip work to show what it would be like if they were not in their respective positions for a day.
Apparently the Statue of Liberty lights went out due to a power failure. But I would argue women are also protesting due to a power failure.— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) March 8, 2017
CNN has just reported that the Statue of Liberty has gone dark tonight.— Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun) March 8, 2017
Power failure or social commentary? 🤔