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Board Member Ruth Van Stee Presents at May 12 Torch Club

Ruth Van Stee to speak at Torch Club on May 12.

For the May 12 Torch Club meeting, Ruth Van Stee, secretary of the GGRWHC board, will present her inspiring and fun talk on A Suffragist Spring:  Taking Over the Grand Rapids Press in 1914. When setting goals for 1914, the National Equal Suffrage Association called for rallies, participation in parades, and the take over of local newspapers for a day across the country to argue for the cause. The Grand Rapids Equal Suffrage Association met that challenge by editing and producing the May 2, 1914, edition. Ruth will talk about that edition, the local women involved, and the role this local event played in the national suffrage movement.


Legions of Unknown Female Astronomers and Mathematicians Inspire Visitors at the Nature Education Center

American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars.

This Saturday, April 25, at 7 p.m., Ottawa County Parks will pay homage to the unknown legions of accomplished female astronomers and mathematicians at the Nature Education Center (Hemlock Crossing). The program is followed by an outdoor viewing session. Telescopes will be provided. If they are available, please bring a lawn chair and binoculars.

For more information, visit the Ottawa County Parks Facebook page.

Henrietta Swan Leavitt (July 4, 1868 – December 12, 1921) was an American astronomer who discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars. A graduate of Radcliffe . . . continue reading at

Which Historical Woman Should Replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill? Time to VOTE Again!

Suffragists Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton failed to make the second-round cut.

If you voted in the first round, you probably already know the results. If you didn't vote in that round, then your vote in the second round is even more important. To find out who came out on top and who has gone on to the final round, go to the "Women On 20s" web site. There you will find a special video that literally paints the pictures of the final four candidates.

Watch: Meet the Finalists

During the 5-week first-round voting, over 256,000 voters weighed in from all over the country. That's more than twice as many as needed to petition the White House.
The second round of voting is just as easy as the first. Pick you favorite candidate from the final four and cast your vote!

Cast: Your Final Ballot

When you're done or if you've already voted for a finalist, please spread the word through email, Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media! Let's make this historic change happen!