Our annual program's topic this year is right out of MLive The Grand Rapids Press and other community and national news, and
we are delighted that GVSU historian Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin, Editor of Mlive/Grand Rapids Press Julie Hoogland, and Medical Reporter Sue Thoms are joining us for our annual celebration of Women's History Month. Together they will tell the remarkable story of the life work of researchers Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering. Their work has made news again today because of recent outbreaks of deadly childhood diseases.
In the 1930s, one of the first and best vaccination for whooping cough was developed by two Grand Rapids researchers--Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering. At the time this deadly disease was killing 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.
Help us honor these women who are remarkable in the history of our city. Come and invite your friends!
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Click here to read the biographies of Kendrick and Eldering in our 1991 Seven Women Who Made a Difference collection.
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Hats off to the historical women who've shaped West Michigan!