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Event will spotlight early women in politics

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Posted on February 20, 2018

Nationally, more women than ever are running for office; one tally from NBC News has more than 500 women running for major offices or governorships this year. 

During an event on campus, Julia Bouwkamp and Jo Ellyn Clarey from the Greater Grand Rapids Women's History Council will discuss their research into the surprising number of women who ran for political office before 1920. 

"Links to the Local: Building a National Women's Elective History" is set for Wednesday, February 21, from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, room 2270. Bouwkamp and Clarey will report on how a crowdsourcing project, "Her Hat Was in the Ring," invited researchers to collect and share data on women in politics.

The event is free and open to the public; it is approved for LIB 100 and 201 courses.

Campus partners for the event are the Kutsche Office of Local History and the Community Reading Project, through the Brooks College Office of Integrative Learning and Advising. Visit for more information.