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Discussion explores women’s fights for gender equality, opportunities

(03/28/10 6:17pm)

A panel of three women talked in the Carillon room Tuesday about their walk through life and their experiences of being a woman. This panel discussion commemorated Women’s History Month and celebrated the passage of the 19th Amendment, in which women were given the right to vote. The panelists were Marcia McMullen, political activist and founder of Women Progressive Activists; Eve Fortson, who practiced medicine; and Letitia Byrd, the first African-American teacher in Ann Arbor Public Schools. The discussion started with each panelist sharing a bit about her childhood and the way women were seen then. “I was raised in a family that respected women,” McMullen said.