Women's History Celebration & GGRWHC Annual Reception Acclaiming Local Women Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering
The Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council is delighted that GVSU historian Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin, Editor of Mlive/Grand Rapids Press Julie Hoogland, and Medical Reporter Sue Thoms will join us for our annual celebration of Women's History Month. This year the focus is on the life work of researchers Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering. These two pioneering scientists developed one of the first, and best, vaccines against whooping cough, which in the 1930s killed 6,000 American children annually. With support from the community and dedicated laboratory help from chemist Loney Clinton Gordon, they later refined their vaccine and shared it with the world.