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March 7, 2008
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State politicians, EMU professors to discuss "Can/should there be a woman in the Oval Office?"

YPSILANTI — State Representatives Pam Byrnes and Alma Wheeler Smith will join several Eastern Michigan University professors for a panel discussion entitled “Can or Should a Woman be in the Oval Office?”

The event is Monday, March 10, 5 p.m., Room 310A at the EMU Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The panel of Michigan politicians, academics and community representatives will give an overview of womens’ political representation in the U.S. and around the world. They also will discuss the relationship between women in public office and the advancement of a feminist agenda in legislation and public policy making; and the political and cultural significance of electing a woman to the Oval Office.

The panel will be moderated by Claudia Petrescu, interim department head of political science at EMU. She will be joined by Rhonda Kinney Longworth, interim assistant vice president for academic administration, and Joanna Scott, professor of political science at EMU.


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