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November 29, 2002 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-29

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For A Cause

Two Jewish activists inducted into

Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

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or moral ... I think many politicians
would
have done well to have had
Staff Writer
my mother," she added.
As a state senator and now presi-
n Oct. 30, nine women
dent of the Michigan Environmental
were induct-
Council (MEC), which
ed into the
works with 65 different
Michigan
organizations including
Women's Hall of Fame
Michigan COEJL
in Lansing. The hon-
(Coalition on the
orees included two
Environment and
Jewish women: Lillian
Jewish Life), Pollack
Mellen Genser, 82, of
became an advocate for
Oak Park, a pioneer in
the environment, chil-
peace and human
dren and women's
rights education, and
rights. Some of MEC's
Lana Pollack, 60, of
recent achievements,
Ann Arbor, a Michigan
she said, include a ban
state senator from
on drilling for oil and
1983-1994 who is cur-
gas along Michigan
rently president of the
shores and lakes, and
Michigan
preventing Detroit
Environmental
Lillian Genser
Edison from burning
Council.
coal at the Conners
This year's winners
Creek Plant — switch-
are part of 150 women
ing to cleaner gas.
honored since the
Lillian Genser, who
award began in 1983,
said she was brought up
said Gladys Beckwith,
in the labor movement
executive director of
during the Depression,
the Michigan Women's
was director of the
Historical Center and N
Wayne State University
Hall of Fame. She
Center for Peace and
added that the award
Conflict Studies for 20
was started to redress
years.
"It was the first
the oversight of
of
its
kind
in the coun-
women's contribution
try," she added and, as a
to history.
result of her work,
"We're trying to rec-
Michigan students and
ognize women like
teachers now receive
Grace Eldering and
Lana Pollack
training in mediation
Pearl Kendrick,
and conflict resolution.
Michiganders in public
Both women said
health who, on their
their upbringing instilled the Jewish
own time, developed Pertussin, the
idea of the importance of making a
whooping cough vaccine," Beckwith
difference in the world. ❑
said.
Two panels of judges selected the
The Michigan Women's
nine women from the 100 submis-
Historical Center and Hall of
sions.
Fame in Lansing is open to the
At the awards ceremony, Pollack
public.
A special exhibit is on
talked about learning early to stand
display
through Jan. 12 celebrat-
up for what she believed in — as
ing the 100th anniversary of the
hers was one of the only Jewish fam-
Detroit Society of Women's
ilies in Ludington. She said that
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