Eureka College celebrates 100 years of women's suffrage

By Marshanna Hester

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM CDT

EUREKA, Ill. -- A turning point in U.S. history happened 100 years ago, when women were granted the right to vote.

Musical and dance performances highlighted the Centennial Celebration of women's suffrage at Eureka College Tuesday night.

The institution played an integral role in expanding rights for women.

It was the first in Illinois and third in the nation to educate women on an equal basis with men.

Eureka college women, past and present, say change over the years empowers women to do more than just vote.

"They can do the housekeeping bit and the mothering bit and professional work and other work," said Annette Sherman, a 1941 Eureka College Alumna, who was a keynote speaker.

"No matter how many times we try to re-enact history, it doesn't mean near as much as if someone comes and tells us what it was like when they experienced it themselves," said Casey Schumacher, a Eureka College senior and program coordinator. "So as long as we have them continuing to push us we can keep going forward and eventually we will push the next generation in the same way the previous generation inspired us."

Eureka college men were also a part of the student-organized celebration.