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Girls Scouts Are Raising Money to Make a Major Change in Central Park

Girls Scouts Are Raising Money to Make a Major Change in Central Park

If you stroll through Central Park you may notice Girl Scouts gathered together collecting money, but not for Thin Mints or Samoas.

According to the Washington Post, Girl Scouts have created a fundraising campaign called "Central Park, Where Are The Women?" to raise money for a park monument for two women who've revolutionized the country: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

Central Park is full of monuments of men including Christopher Columbus, Alexander Hamilton, William Shakespeare, and Sir Walter Scott.

Unfortunately, the only figures of women in the park are the fictional characters in Alice in Wonderland (photo above) and Mother Goose. This campaign wants to have a suffragist statue by the year 2020, which is the centennial of U.S. women's right to vote.

"There are no statues of women, and there’s tons of men," says 10-year-old Pippa Lee, a Scout with Manhattan's Girl Scout Troop 3484. "We really need a woman's statue for girls to look up to, not just Mother Goose or Alice in Wonderland. They don't count."

So far, the nonprofit raising private donations, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund Inc., has collected about $150,000 of the $500,000 needed to produce and maintain the monument.

Ten scouts from Troop 3484 and activists will be in the park every Thursday to collect donations throughout the fall.

Also, any artist may submit a monument design following certain criteria and a jury will pick the winner next year.

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