WMU News

Historian addresses 'women in the work force'

March 2, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- A renowned visiting historian will examine the topic of women in the work force in a free public Women's History Month presentation at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris, professor of history at Rutgers University, will address "Women's Rights to Work and the Meaning of Economic Citizenship" at 3 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the Lee Honors College Lounge.

Kessler-Harris is an internationally recognized writer and researcher on women's studies. She is the author of three books including "A Woman's Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences," and "Women Have Always Worked: An Historical Overview." Kessler-Harris' contributions to the study of women and labor have brought her a number of awards, including a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship and two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. She was a 1995 recipient of a Fulbright award and was named a fellow with the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in 1997.

Kessler-Harris' talk is co-sponsored by the WMU Department of History, the Center for Women's Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences' Humanities and Social Sciences Visiting Academic Speakers Committee. Her visit is in conjunction with the Great Lakes American Studies Association conference being held at WMU March 12-14. She will be the conference's keynote speaker on Saturday, March 13.

For more information, call Dr. Linda J. Borish, associate professor of history and women's studies, at (616) 387-4631.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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