San Diego Community College District

San Diego CC District - Miramar

By: Professor Darrel Harrison,
Program Director – Paralegal Studies,
San Diego Miramar College

San Diego Miramar College hosts a monthly series called “An Evening With Experts,”where students and the community are invited to attend.  In March 2012, the Miramar Paralegal Program’s Student Group, in honor of Women’s History month, hosted a panel discussion highlighting cases, events and people who have contributed to women’s rise in law and government in America.

As part of the series, a panel discussion and presentation called “From the Kitchen to the Cabinet,” was delivered. The presentation paid tribute to the lives of countless women who have made great sacrifices, embarked upon meaningful endeavors, and tore down historic barriers of prejudice towards women in both the private and public sector.  Throughout the past 100 years, women had to struggle for basic fundamental human rights both in the United States and abroad.  Pioneers and heroines who created new opportunities, championed justice and risked their lives for the greater good of promoting women in law and government. “From the Kitchen to the Cabinet,”  highlighted  a few of these remarkable people and outlines the laws waged against them and how their perseverance changed the landscape of America to achieve the highest post in all three branches of government and law including supreme court justice and the highest political position obtained – “Secretary of State”.

The format consisted of a moderator, and 3 panel members – (1) a political science professor, (2) a legal expert, and (3) a women’s history professor.  The context of the discussion centered on a timeline from 1900 to present beginning with events – such as the suffrage movement granting women the right to vote and participate in the democratic process, to people – such as Frances Perkins, who was the first woman Cabinet member who served as FDR’s Secretary of Labor, and cases – such as the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade which gave women the right to choose their destiny.

Goals and Outcomes of the presentation were to:

  1. Educate audience about cases, events and people that have contributed to women’s contribution and successes in law and government.
  2. Provide audience an opportunity to engage in conversation (question/answer) with panel.
  3. Encourage audience participation using polling devices to understand their knowledge of topic.

For more information on the San Diego Miramar College Evening with the Experts series, please contact Professor Darrel Harrison, Program Director – Paralegal Studies dharriso@sdccd.edu.