EAST LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) was honored Wednesday evening with the Philip A. Hart Award by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, for his work advancing women’s rights and bringing attention to campus sexual assault.

Sen. Hertel has been a leader in the effort against sexual assault on college campuses. On Oct. 10, 2017, he re-introduced legislation aimed at preventing sexual assault on college campuses by educating young adults. Senate Bill 620, otherwise known as Yes Means Yes, would require more robust conversation about sexual assault, dating violence, bystander intervention techniques and affirmative consent be taught in sexual education classes. While Yes Means Yes is his most recognizable effort, Sen. Hertel has also successfully advocated for state grants that will provide funding for college campuses who implement sexual assault prevention programs.

“It is truly humbling to receive an award of this magnitude from an organization who has devoted their cause to improving the lives of all women in our communities,” Sen. Hertel said. “I am humbled to be among such amazing honorees, especially for a cause I believe so passionately in.”

The Philip A. Hart Award is given annually by the Michigan Women’s Studies Association Board of Directors to “a Michigan male citizen who, during the year preceding, or in a career, has demonstrated unique understanding and support of women’s issues and concerns, and who has contributed significantly to the advancement of women’s rights and interests either in Michigan or on the national scene.”

The award is named after Philip A. Hart, a former U.S. Senator from Michigan who was elected in 1959 and who served until his death in 1976. In 1983, Hart became, posthumously, its first recipient.

Established in 1983, the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame promotes the equality of women by honoring the history and celebrating the accomplishments of Michigan women. The 34th class of honorees this year included eight women, one women’s group, and one cultural icon, who were each chosen from more than 100 nominations submitted by the public.

Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) was honored Oct. 18, 2017, with the Philip A. Hart Award by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, for his work advancing women’s rights and bringing attention to campus sexual assault.

 

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