FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Oct. 24, 2000

Contact: Ward Mullens

ward.mullens@emich.edu

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FORMER EMU PROFESSOR MARJORIE LANSING TO BE

INDUCTED INTO MICHIGAN WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME OCT. 26

YPSILANTI &endash; Professor Marjorie Lansing, who taught at Eastern Michigan University for more than 15 years, will be inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Oct. 26 at the 17th Annual "In Celebration of Michigan Women" Awards Dinner at the Novi Hilton.

Lansing, who died in 1998 at age 82, will be honored for her work as an educator, author and political activist.

Lansing co-authored the 1983 book "Women and Politics: The Invisible Majority," which introduced the concept of the "gender gap" and shattered the myth that women passively voted according to their husband's wishes. The book was described by Gloria Steinem as a "landmark study."

"Whatever happens to the Equal Rights Amendment or feminist movement, plain statistics clearly show that the political opinions of women will count for more than those of men in the 1980s and beyond," Lansing wrote.

Lansing, who received her doctorate from the University of Michigan, chaired the Washtenaw County Democratic Party from 1960-61 and was a Kennedy delegate at the Democratic National Convention in 1960.

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