Written by Shana Fung
It’s Women’s History Month and the New-York Historical Society is proud to call out some amazing young women who are currently making history—or rather, herstory! Read on to meet the spirited ladies of Girl Scout Troop 3484 and stop by the Museum to meet them in person (and buy a box or two of cookies!) on Thursday, March 16.
While you’re at the Museum, don’t forget to check out the inaugural exhibition of the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, Saving Washington. This special exhibition focuses on the remarkable power and influence wielded by women in the young United States, like First Lady Dolley Madison, who transformed informal diplomacy during a time when women were excluded from official affairs of state.
Shana (S): Ladies, thanks so much for chatting with us about your fundraising efforts for the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund! This fundraising project “advocates placing a statue of the two women’s rights pioneers in New York City’s Central Park where there are 23 statues honoring men and none honoring real women.” We’re looking forward to having you on our front steps later this month selling Girl Scout Cookies for such a wonderful cause. Why have you decided to donate $1,920 of your Girl Scout Cookie profits to this particular cause?
Troop 3484 (3484):
Avery (A): Our troop decided to donate $1,920 of the cookie profits because the year 1920 is the year that women earned the right to vote in New York.
Samantha (Sa): Because we want women to feel represented in the world. And young girls need to have a role model.
Stori (St): We have decided to make this donation because 1920 is the year that women around the county got the right to vote. The women who will be honored by the statue devoted their lives to fighting for the right to vote, so the donation is in recognition of their hard work and eventual success, even if they were not alive to experience it.
Veda (V): We donated this money because it came to our attention that there is not one statue of a woman in Central Park, other than fictional ones. We believe that this is outrageous, and we want to do something to change that.
S: We heard that you have already donated $1,920 to the Statue Fund earlier this year— bravo! Can you tell us a little about your efforts to raise awareness for this cause and how other people who are interested in participating can help out?
A: One way my troop has been raising awareness for the Statue Fund is by visiting the site of the future statue (77th Street and Central Park West) and informing people by holding signs and chanting, “Let’s make herstory, where are the women?” We have also publicized this effort through interviews with many news channels—we were featured in Time For Kids and through our school website.
Sa: We stood outside and talked with people. We also spread awareness through the news. It’s not the money that matters—it’s the knowledge that women aren’t represented as much as men, so just telling someone is contribution enough.
St: My troop spent time on the sidewalk in front of the statue site and chanted, “Where are the women?” and gave people postcards with information about the Statue Fund. People we met couldn’t believe there were no statues of women in the park and told us that they would donate money to the Statue Fund to get the statue built.
V: Before it got cold this winter, we went to Central Park—right across the street from the New-York Historical Society!—every week with signs and we chanted, “Where are the women?” and “Let’s make herstory.” We told people about the injustice in Central Park. Some people were kind and donated to us because they wanted to help. Other people who want to help can talk about it to family and friends and raise awareness. We need funds and awareness.
S: Who is a woman in history who inspires you?
A: A woman in history that inspires me is Beatrix Potter. She was an author and illustrator of more than 20 children’s books, and my favorite was The Tale of Peter Rabbit. I love that Beatrix created this story because her former governess’s child was ill, and since she couldn’t visit, she wrote him a letter to cheer him up. The story had four little rabbits named Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter.
Pippa (P): Hillary Clinton because she has been working to help children most of her life—and because she would have been a great president.
Sa: I like the women who dressed up as men to fight in the Civil War.
St: A woman in history that inspires me is Rosa Parks. She saw a problem and she wasn’t scared to take a stand for freedom and human rights. Just like Susan B. Anthony, who the statue will depict, Rosa Parks was arrested for standing up to inequality.
V: Sacagawea. She inspires me because she helped Lewis and Clark on their expedition. I really like her because she was very persistent and brave. She had to endure tough times on an important adventure, and she was very smart and didn’t need to rely on anyone but herself.
S: Who is a woman in your life that you admire?
A: My mom!
P: My mom because she is always trying to find ways to help people.
Sa: My mom, my babysitter, and my teacher.
St: I admire my mom because she has taught me how to have my own voice and speak up for unfairness.
V: My grandma. She is an immigrant (immigrants—we get the job done!) and when she moved here, she didn’t know anyone. She missed her family but she stayed, even though it was really hard for her sometimes, because she wanted to do the best for her children. America became her home.
S: Final question! Do each of you have a personal favorite out of all the delicious Girl Scout Cookies?
A: My favorite Girl Scout Cookie is TOFFEE-TASTIC! I love this cookie because it is the only gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie offered, and since I have Celiac disease, it warms my heart to know that I am included. :)
P: Toffee Tastic or Samoas. It’s too hard to choose!
St: My favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor is a tie between Toffee Tastics and Trefoils. I don’t like chocolate or peanut butter, and these two cookies are delicious.
V: I guess I have to say Thin Mints, though S’Mores are a close second!
S: Thanks again for speaking with us. We wish you the best of luck in selling a record amount of Girl Scout Cookies for an awesome cause!