About the Author
Elizabeth A. Homer has been a curator for over twenty years, first at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame (1987-1996) and then at the Turner-Dodge House & Historical Center (1997-2008). Both are in Lansing, Michigan. She is a public historian with a passion for women’s history and political history.
Liz began researching in earnest for this book in 2006. When the opportunity came to retire from Turner-Dodge House she took it so she could work full-time on her book. For about the last five years her sister Janet Homer joined her as the book editor.
Liz studied the social sciences at the University of Michigan and after graduation taught elementary school for three years in California and Alma, Michigan. She was Liz Giese then and a founding member of the National Organization for Women in Michigan in 1969. She became the director of the Project on Equal Education Rights, a foundation-funded nonprofit and division of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund that worked for the implementation of Title IX (equality of opportunity in education) throughout the state. In the 1970s she was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and spokesperson for the Democratic Women’s Caucus.
She obtained a Master’s Degree in Occupational Education Administration from Ferris State University and continued her women’s rights advocacy for better employment and training, and to “stop training women to be poor.” She became a consultant to the Michigan Private Industry Council and traveled throughout the state.
When Liz joined the Michigan Women's Studies Association, women’s history was still a new field. The Michigan Women’s Historical Center was opened in 1987 to gather women’s history and honor women’s achievements. Today much more is known of course, but there are still few examples of books that mainstream women’s history into our national history and none in most states. Exhibits in museums that reveal women in history are still rare.
In the 1990s she mellowed (a bit) and continued to engage in civic service such as serving on the Michigan State Museum Board and Michigan Board for Community Colleges. She was a founding board member of the Michigan Political History Society. She initiated the Women's Book Project in 1995 to raise money for libraries to buy more books by and about women. In 1999 she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame for her political, social, economic, and education work, see Michigan's Women's Hall of Fame.
Her genuine interest in what people do for a living and how and why things happen is apparent in her writing.
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