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Emphasis - February 24

Becky Parker (left) and Sally Egler in the Tri States Public Radio newsroom

Rich Egger's guests are Sally Egler and Becky Parker of the Macomb Feminist Network. They talk about the winners of this year's Writing Women Back into History Award, which is presented by the MFN.

The honorees are Maria Dunstan, Judy Kohler, and Donna Werner.

All three worked on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment. In addition, Dunstan and Kohler are credited with helping McDonough County Hospital regain accreditation in 1974.

Dunstan worked as a teacher, counselor, and assistant superintendent for the Macomb School District. She currently teaches at Western Illinois University.

Kohler held leadership positions with statewide groups that promote women's issues. She is now president of the Florida Mid-County Alliance for Retired Americans.

Werner helped launch the Illinois Women's Political Caucus and served as president of the Macomb Board of Education. She currently advises group home facilities.

Dunstan, Kohler, and Werner will be recognized on Saturday, March 3, 10:00 am to Noon at the WIU Multicultural Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The Macomb Feminist Network works to ensure women have the same political, economic, legal, and social rights as men. Its members meet the second Saturday of each month (with the exception of summer months) in the Community Room at Macomb City Hall.

The MFN was organized in 2001. It started giving the Writing Women Back into History Award in 2009. Past winners include Connie Berg, Wanda Black, Mary Ellen Graf, Rosa Juhlstrom, Marcia Moll, Ruth Parks, and Beth Stiffler.


Rich is TSPR's News Director.