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March 17, 2005
CONTACT: Cheryl Moore
734.487.4400
cmoore6@emich.edu

Former NOW president to speak at Eastern Michigan University March 31

YPSILANTI - Political activist and former National Organization for Women (NOW) president Patricia Ireland will visit Eastern Michigan University March 31, as part of   "Defying Boundaries," a month-long series of events celebrating Women's History Month.

Ireland culminates Women's History Month with her motivational speech, "Are We There Yet? Women and Political Leadership," which deals with women, equality and feminism. The event, made possible by the Olga Madar Endowed Lectureship, is scheduled for 7 p.m., in 201 Pray-Harrold, on EMU's main campus in Ypsilanti. The event is free and open to the public.

"As a national political leader, Patricia Ireland is anticipated to draw the largest crowd with her presentation on women in political leadership," said Linda Schott, director of women's studies at Eastern Michigan University.

As the longest serving president of NOW (1991-2001), Ireland directed nationwide programs on equal opportunity, including initiating the Women-Friendly Workplace Campaign, a national, pro-active project aimed at stopping sexual harassment and other workplace abuses through public education and public pressure.

Widely recognized as a key player in improving social and economic conditions for women in the United States and around the world, Ireland is adept at helping people recognize the connections among women's rights, civil rights, disability rights, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

Ireland has had a continuous presence in media outlets that shape public opinion. She has discussed childcare on ABC's Nightline ; Supreme Court nominees on PBS's Jim Lehrer News Hour ; the impact of the women's vote on NBC's Meet the Press and women as policy makers on

CNN's Larry King Live .

Ireland's 1996 book, "What Women Want," has had critical and popular success, and is used in history and women's studies courses. For more information on Ireland and Women's History Month activities, call EMU's women's studies department at 734.487.1177.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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