23 noteworthy men… and no women? That’s the current situation in Central Park, where statues of prominent men including John Quincy Adams and Shakespeare are placed throughout the green space, yet women and their contributions are completely missing from the scene. Girl Scout Troop 3484 is hoping to change the status quo by offering their support and helping to fundraise for statues of suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.Anthony. The troop has partnered with the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B.Anthony Statue Fund, a local organization trying to secure about one million dollars for the statues and surrounding landscaping and to provide relevant educational programs through the “Central Park, Where Are The Women?” campaign. The organization and its supporters hope to install the bronze statues by 2020, in time for the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Currently, there are a few statues of fictional women (such as Alice in Wonderland) in Central Park, but with 843 acres, Central Park has plenty of room for women who made their mark on history. Members of Troop 3484, many of whom are around 10 years-old, grasp the importance of the potential monuments, saying “We need a woman’s statue for girls to look up to.” In addition to raising awareness about the need for the statues, the troop has also committed to donating Girl Scout cookie money to the cause. You go, girls!
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