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New insights on the impact of women's suffrage

Feb. 8, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Women's voting patterns, once they attained suffrage, and the impact of their electoral choices will be the focus of a presentation at Western Michigan University Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Dr. Kevin Corder, WMU associate professor of political science, and Dr. Christina Wolbrecht, the Packey J. Dee Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Notre Dame, will address "Women's Turnout After Suffrage: New Answers to Old Questions" from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall. Sponsored by WMU's Institute of Government and Politics, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Corder's and Wolbrecht's address is based on their award-winning research examining women's voting behavior and its impact on the American political system in the period immediately following the granting of women's suffrage in 1920. Their project has received funding from the National Science Foundation and was awarded the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics from the Carrie Chapman Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University.

Corder, who specializes in American politics, the United States presidency, public policy and research methods and quantitative analysis, has published articles on the American political economy and bureaucracy. He is the author of "Central Bank Autonomy: The Federal Reserve System in American Politics."

Wolbrecht specializes in American politics, political parties, interest groups, mass behavior and gender politics. She is the author of "The Politics of Women's Rights: Parties, Positions and Change," which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association.

For more information, contact Dr. Gunther M. Hega, associate professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Politics, at (269) 387-5885.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 269 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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