‘Trailblazing Women’: Documentary premieres in Maumee


MAUMEE — In celebration of National Women’s History Month, “Trailblazing Women in Ohio Politics,” anew documentary, will premiere during a series of special public preview screenings hosted by League of Women Voters chapters throughout Ohio.

The show is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St.

The hour-long documentary will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bowling Green State University political science professor Melissa K. Miller, an expert on American politics. The non-partisan documentary tells the story of both Democratic and Republican women who broke electoral barriers beginning in the 1960s.

“Their unique, lived experiences are fascinating history,” Miller said. “It’s our honor to illuminate their struggles and triumphs for a multi-generational audience.”

Learn more about Jo Ann Davidson, the first woman speaker of the Ohio House; Helen Rankin, the first African American woman in the Ohio General Assembly; and Betty D. Montgomery, Ohio’s first woman attorney general. Other notable women in the film include Jennette Bradley, Nancy P. Hollister, Marcy Kaptur, Rhine L. McLin and Mary Ellen Withrow.

Initial funding for the project was provided by Dr. Maribeth S. and Martin E. Rahe. Additional financial support was provided by the Ohio History Fund, a grant program of the Ohio History Connection; Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Office of the President of Bowling Green State University; and BGSU’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

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