Women's History Month Presentation
On Tuesday, March 29, 11 a.m. Breiseth 107 there will be a Women's History Month Presentation sponsored by the Division of Global History & Languages: "Marilyn's Lunchbox as a Teaching Tool for Pennsylvania History" by Linda Ries, retired archivist, Pennsylvania State Archives.
Marilyn McCusker was one of the first female coal miners in Pennsylvania. She overcame gender discrimination to follow the career she chose, working in a mine in Rushton, Centre County, in 1979. Her lunchbox, now in the collections of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, can be used as a teaching tool on several levels, including a day in the life of a miner, its usage by a female coal miner at a time when men were dominant in the industry, and ultimately the status of American women in the mid to late 20th century.