12th Annual Local History Roundtable: Leading the Charge for Change

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

The Kutsche Office of Local History's 12th Annual Local History Roundtable is taking place entirely online and throughout the entire month of March. This year's theme, Leading the Charge for Change, explores women's leadership roles in social justice and community advocacy. RSVP to receive information for joining some or all of this year's Annual Local History Roundtable presentations.

Solidarities: White Women and Women of Color's Activism to Secure the Vote
Monday, March 1, 2021 / 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Nineteenth Amendment ostensibly provided women the right to vote; yet, access to voting was not equal as Black, Indigenous, women of color remained disenfranchised. This presentation will place women's suffrage in conversation with the broader movement toward civil rights for Black, indigenous, people of color. Nationally-recognized scholars Liette Gidlow and Allison Lange join Sophia Brewer and Jo Ellyn Clarey from the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council in exploring white women and Black, indigenous, women of color's efforts to secure the vote.

Lesser Known Women in West Michigan History Roundtable
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 / 10:00 am - 11:30 am

David M. McCord (Ionia County Historical Society), Brenda Nemetz (Lakeshore Museum Center), and Kristen Wildes (Ada Historical Society), will highlight West Michigan women whose accomplishments might not be known outside of their communities, but who impacted an untold number of people as a result of their work in various industries. Recognizing their efforts reflects a commitment to preserve the stories of everyday Michiganders, and how women have leveraged their own abilities and interests to make change.

Grand Rapids Women & Their Work During the Great War
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 / 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Katelyn Bosch VerMerris will examine both the paid labor and volunteer contributions of women in Grand Rapids during WWI. Utilizing rich primary sources, this presentation will dive into how women used the upheaval of war to achieve their own training and goals, while also providing essential contributions to organizing for the war at home and abroad.

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This event was added to the calendar by Elizabeth Teslaa (teslaae@mail.gvsu.edu) on Friday, January 29, 2021 and was last updated on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:25 p.m.