LCC hosts discussion supporting women’s rights

In recognition of women’s history month, two Lansing Community College professors hosted a discussion based upon the HBO documentary “Iron Jawed Angels.”

The viewing took place Tuesday, March 11 in LCC’s library, where a Women’s History Month Display can be found in the atrium until March 31.  The film provided insight into the persistence of women like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, played by Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor respectively, during the long and much-resisted suffragette movement. History professor Anne Heutsche, who co-hosted the event with department colleague Jeff Janowick, said that providing such events is important to her because she feels that there is still quite a bit of work to be done to raise awareness about women’s rights. “This is a compelling [and] crucial part of our history, and I would argue that most people do not know of this history,” she said.  “We are standing on the backs of our foremothers without really acknowledging their contributions to the struggle of equality.”

According to Heutsche, these events help students look at issues from a broader perspective. LCC library liaison Lidiya Grote said that along with women’s history events, the library also features displays on Native American history, Black history and more. “Diversity events are important because we do live in a global society,” Grote said.

Helen Milliken pioneered first lady activism

Capital News Service
LANSING – Helen Milliken, wife of former Gov. William Milliken, opened the door for first ladies from Michigan to become activists, according to Sandy Soifer, the executive director of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Milliken died Nov. 16 at age 89. Milliken and Betty Ford are the only two first ladies who are commemorated in the Hall of Fame. Ford was married to Gerald Ford, who represented the Grand Rapids area in Congress before becoming vice president and then president.