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News | March 31, 2021

Local professor shares history of women’s suffrage

By Jake Joy DLA Disposition Services Public Affairs

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - The Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center recently recorded an online lecture by area college professor Rebecca Durkee in observation of National Women’s History Month and this year’s theme of “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced.”

The title of the presentation is "Reflecting on The Centennial of the 19th Amendment," and it attempts to explain the history and oppression of women’s voting rights and other powerful stories that emphasize their struggles and achievements.   

Durkee serves as an instructor of sociology and gender and women's studies at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She is involved in initiatives to increase civic engagement at KVCC, institutional research projects on inequalities in higher education, and projects within the community to raise awareness of gendered inequities. 

Durkee highlighted the strategies of suffragists, the challenges they faced and the impacts of the movement. The presentation runs about a half hour and is viewable at this link, or by posting the following address into an online browser: (note links are CAC enabled)

The lecture was sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Diversity and Inclusion Office as part of its annual slate of special emphasis program offerings.