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 Out Like a Lioness! 

Closing out Women’s History Month, the GGRWHC will be on a tear! 

Tomorrow, meet the Rosie the Riveters of World War I—yes, Rosies were alive and well before the 1940s. Then, crack some bubbly to celebrate the launch of our Women Who Ran web page!
*** All three remaining virtual programs in March are free and open to the public. Registration information can be found below and on our website calendar: (The two morning programs this week will also be posted on YouTube for later viewing.)
Grand Rapids Women & Their Work During the Great War
Wednesday, March 24th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Women welding at American Seating Company. Grand Rapids Herald, August 8, 1918
The new, and first, director of Zeeland’s Historical Society, Katelyn VerMerris, will take a singular look at the paid labor and volunteer contributions of Grand Rapids women on the home front during World War I and will close out the Roundtable offerings of GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History.
Don’t forget that these wartime women worked during the Pandemic of 1918 and pushed through women’s suffrage in November that year as well.  Register here!
Decade of Upheaval: Grand Rapids Women and Public Office in the 1910s
Friday, March 26th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Bay City Times, April 5, 1919
For the Time Traveler series of GVSU’s Kutsche Office, the GGRWHC offers a close look at the 1910s, a decade of upheaval which local women turned to their advantage. Using the GGRWHC’s new electoral history web page, we will salute Grand Rapids women who could suddenly try a leap onto any public stages they liked--even those of the Michigan State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives Register here!
Women Who Ran! Seeking Public Office Before the Nineteenth Amendment
Wednesday, March 31st, 7:00 pm 
1927 political ad, courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library
Grab your champagne flutes to honor the launch of our new web page, Women Who Ran! And join us on Wednesday, the 31st, for a good look at some unique women’s history.
The GGRWHC’s Jo Ellyn Clarey will provide a brief overview of the twenty-year project, which begins its history with seven Grand Rapids women running for school board during the late 1880s; six who, in 1919 alone, ran for city commission, comptroller, U of M Board of Regents, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction; and, finally and suddenly, 80+ women, who ran for public office during the 1980s!
The first section of Women Who Ran!, now posted online, details 47 different women who ran 82 distinct campaigns between 1887 and 1920—and their first wins for a school board seat in 1888 and a Michigan Senate seat in 1920. Take a look for yourself and get some interpretation on March 31st!
No need to register for this free, virtual program sponsored by East Grand Rapids Branch/Kent District Library. Just show up at 7:00 pm on KDL Live!
During 2021, in all aspects of our work, we will continue to honor the long and costly battle for the right to vote and to run for office and will continue to reconsider how more fully and effectively to embrace the women’s histories of our entire community. 
Because the challenges of the past year continue, the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council will carry on with all-virtual programming—but stay tuned! And please continue to celebrate with us virtually and in print. Watch for us via this electronic newsletter; follow us on Facebook; find our monthly features in Women’s Lifestyle Magazine; and sign up for our hard-copy newsletter, if you haven’t already, at! Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay exercised! 
Stay home and stay safe--but celebrate with us virtually and in print! 
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Hats off to the historical women who have shaped West Michigan!
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