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Why Community Matters: Lessons from Midwestern Women’s History


Iowa State University Associate Professor, Dr. Tracy Lucht, will present on Thursday, February 21, at 6:00 p.m. in the Musco Technology Center (MTC) on William Penn University’s Oskaloosa campus. Lucht’s presentation will share what she has learned from researching female journalists in the Midwest. The presentation is an opportunity for the audience to reflect on the leadership and contributions of the women in their lives.

William Penn University Instructor of Communications, Jessica Willett, said the topic of Lucht’s presentation is personal to her. In the ‘70s her mother aspired to be a journalist and was told by her high school advisor that not everyone can be Barbra Walters. He encouraged her to study a profession for women.

“Gender stereotyping still occurs in journalism, and other occupations,” Willett said. “I think this presentation will speak to women of all professions and I look forward to learning more about Dr. Lucht’s research.”
About the Speaker

Dr. Tracy Lucht is an associate professor at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and has worked at USA Today, The Washington Post and The Des Moines Register.

Dr. Lucht is the author of “Sylvia Porter: America’s Original Personal Finance Columnist,” and co-author of “Mad Men and Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness.”

Leaders Speak

The Leaders Speak Series is an annual initiative that reaches out to the community with diverse leadership-based themes. The 2018–19 series is supported by MidWestOne Bank and has expanded on the theme “Voices,” which aims at bringing in speakers to give voice to societal issues and concerns. The event is free and open to the public. It is also streamed online at:

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