Patricia Ireland, former NOW president, to speak at UNI

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Ami Lawin, programming coordinator, Women's Studies, (319) 273-7183,
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Patricia Ireland, one of the most influential feminist leaders in the country, will speak on sex, gender and equality issues in the 21st century, Wednesday, April 27, at the University of Northern Iowa. Her speech, 'What's it All About? Sex, Gender, and Equality in the 21st Century,' will take place at 7:30 p.m. in UNI's Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

Ireland, who served 10 years as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), used her experience as a lawyer to move NOW to the forefront of the political scene and establish herself as a groundbreaking activist.

Widely recognized as a key player in improving social and economic conditions for women in the United States and around the world, Ireland is especially adept at challenging people to make the connections between women's rights and other human rights issues, according to NOW. A hallmark of her work has been to forge stronger links among women's antipoverty, civil rights, disability rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movements.

Ireland 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. She frequently appears in the nation's most widely-read newspapers, including the Wall-Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today. She has been the subject of numerous feature stories, in publications ranging from The New York Times Sunday Magazine to People.

For more information about 'Sex, Gender, and Equality in the 21st Century,' contact Ami Lawin, Women's Studies programming coordinator, at (319) 273-7183 or