News & Updates

GGRWHC's Viewing of Suffragette Nearly a Sold-Out Event!

Recently, GGRWHC rented a theater to view the British film Suffragette. Over 100 people in the nearly sold-out space discussed the film afterward with GVSU British historian Gretchen Galbraith. An expert in women's history, Dr. Galbraith distinguished between factual and fictional elements of the film. Maud, the main character played by Carey Mulligan, is a “composite” of the many poor women who participated in the fight to win the right to vote in Great Britain. But other characters such as Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, played by Meryl Streep, and Edith Ellyn are based on actual women who played pivotal roles in the British suffrage movement and also influenced radical American suffragists in the few years before the Nineteenth Amendment was certified here in 1920.  . . .

GGRWHC Recognizes the Passing of a Former Board Member and one of the "Twelve"

Former GGRWHC Board Member and one of 1999's Twelve Outstanding Women Molly Blakely

With the passing of Molly (Maurilia Armijo) Blakely on October 25th, GGRWHC lost a former member of its board. Molly had also been selected in 1999 to be featured in our Twelve Outstanding Women series.
Click here to read her biography at that point.
At 87 years old, Molly had served in many community positions. She was a coordinator for the Neighborhood Education Center for the Latino Community, where she assisted students with personal and educational issues. She also assisted in developing employment opportunities for young Hispanics and facilitated entrance into colleges , , ,