- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - The western Illinois community of Macomb is honoring area women who made a difference as 20th century activists with a new memorial.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1OpXLAT ) the Women’s Social Service Memorial was dedicated earlier this month in Chandler Park.

The project cost about $80,000 and is the result of a 10-year effort by the Macomb Woman’s Club.

The 650-pound bronze sculpture depicts a woman shielding a little girl from the wind. The woman and child both are shown wearing clothing from the 1900s. It was created by Peoria sculptor Jaci Wills.

Wills says: “Standing against the wind represents the struggle” faced by women.

The names of several women are etched in the memorial. They include Rose Jolly, who advocated for abuse victims and animals before her 1937 death.

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