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Commission for Women | University of Michigan-Dearborn Archives

Name: Commission for Women

Historical Note:

The Commission for Women was established in March 1974 by a group of faculty and staff, including Prof. Grace Kachaturoff, Education, Prof. Helen Graves, Political Science, and Ms. Elnora Ford, assistant to the Provost.  Early members included Prof. Rosalyn Saltz, Education, Prof. Mary Trepanier-Street, Education, Mary Tobin, Facilities Management, and Registrar Linda Brown. CW has been an advocacy group on issues of concern to women faculty and staff on campus. It promotes women’s professional and personal growth through educational programs, and by providing professional development and educational grants to faculty and staff. Membership includes all employees, while an elected executive board of about twenty-five people conducts the business. Each year CW hosts a series of brown bag lunches with speakers, as well as other non-lunch events. Each February, it selects the Susan B. Anthony Award winner, and hosts a dinner at which the award is presented.  This award honors a faculty or staff member, or occasionally a student, who has made a substantial contribution to the lives of women on the campus. Since 2004, CW has given a second award to someone who has made a contribution to the lives of girls and women in the community.

Further work on the history will be done when additional records are deposited. There may be more information in the Chancellor's Office records.

Note Author: K. Morgan

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