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Sen. Stabenow to talk about women in politics

March 10, 2008

KALAMAZOO--"Women in Politics" is the subject of a special presentation by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, in Kirsch Auditorium of the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University.

The talk is open to the public free of charge, but seating is limited.

Stabenow's visit to campus and public presentation are one of several programs celebrating Women's History Month at WMU and sponsored by the Gender and Women Studies Program. For details of other Women's History Month programs visit www.wmich.edu/womenstu.

Stabenow made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from Michigan elected to the U.S. Senate. She is one of only 16 women currently serving in the Senate, and only 1.8 percent of all senators in U.S. history have been women. Elected to a second term in 2006, she was appointed to the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for U.S. policies in taxation, health care, pension and trade.

Originally elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1978, Stabenow served 12 years and became the first woman to preside over the House. She then served in the Michigan Senate for four years, 1991-94. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and won election to the U.S. Senate four years later.

For more information, contact Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten, interim director of gender and women's studies, at ashlyn.kuersten@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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