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Local Women in the news 100 years ago this Month

It was announced in the Grand Rapids Herald on July 2, 1915, that the Boy Scout camp at Port Sheldon had opened two one-week sessions for the Girl Scouts, accommodating 50 girls in each session.   The Girl Scout weeks would be under the direction of Edith Dykema. 

A follow up article in September 1915 featured pictures and a report on the success of the girls camp, saying "The two weeks' work and fun indeed proved to be so successful and the lessons learned so effective, pleasant and valuable, that the scouts and leaders were loath to leave."

Days were spent in "scout craft,"  . . .

And the Winner Is!

Americans have spoken: They want to see Harriet Tubman as the new face on the $20 bill.

Americans declared Harriet Tubman as the new face on our $20 bill. Right now, our currency is very male and very white. A grassroots campaign, called Women on 20s, hopes to change this perennial bias by starting an online petition to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

Women on 20s have held two rounds of voting. After the first round, there were four finalists: Tubman, Wilma Mankiller, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks. All extraordinary women, not just in their time, but in history. In the end Harriet Tubman won with 118,328 votes.