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Female leaders at Thiel to discuss women’s issues and celebrate 100th anniversary of suffrage


Female leaders at Thiel to discuss women’s issues and celebrate 100th anniversary of suffrage

GREENVILLE, Pa.—The Thiel College event to feature members of its faculty, administration and Board of Trustees celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States but also discussing the continuing issues women face will take place this fall.

City of Farrell ‌Magisterial District Judge Mary Odem, J.D.— the first black woman in Mercer County to serve in that role—and a Thiel College Board of Trustees member will be the moderator for the event. This special event celebrates 100 years of women voting. Program discussions will follow a brief reception.

The event is free and open to the public.

The discussions will be led by President Susan Traverso, Ph.D., president of Thiel College and Professor of History; Sheila Nowinski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History and director of the Dietrich Honors Institute; and Marie Courtemanche, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science.

Discussion Topics:

  • The Fight for the Vote in the U.S.—Dr. Traverso
  • The Global Struggle for Suffrage—Dr. Nowinski
  • Today’s Barrier to Women’s Inclusion—Dr. Courtemanche

“We want to celebrate and recognize the historic advances of women in this country and around the world,” Traverso said. “Even as we celebrate the milestone achievement of women’s voting rights, we need to recognize those areas, including health care, wages and safety, where women continue to face inequality.”

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