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April 25, 2001
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NOW President to Speak at IU Northwest
Patricia Ireland Comes to Northwest Indiana 
to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

National Organization for Women (NOW) president, Patricia Ireland is coming to Northwest Indiana on May 10 to give a community presentation at Indiana University Northwest, and to receive a 2001 Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at the university's 34th Annual Graduation at the Radisson Hotel Star Plaza.

Ireland, who spent her childhood in Valparaiso, will speak on Deja' Vu: Women in the New Millennium on the IU Northwest campus at 1 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium. The presentation is open to the community and a reception will follow. Later in the day, Ireland will join IU Northwest's 2001 graduation ceremonies as an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree recipient. 

Said to be one of the most effective voices of the women's rights movement, Ireland has often been compared to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She attended DePauw University, and later transferred to the University of Tennessee and married while in school there. A few years later Ireland began working as a stewardess at Pan American World Airways, where she took her first steps into the realm of political activism. There she made a complaint that caused the airline to change a major health benefit policy. Several years later, Ireland returned to school and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law with high honors, and became one of the first women named a partner at a corporate law firm.

For the last ten years, Ireland has served as president of NOW, the largest feminist organization in the United States. During her tenure, she has fought for the election of women to higher office, lobbied for legislation combating violence against women, and forged relationships between various rights organizations. Earlier this month, Ireland addressed thousands of people in Washington, DC who attended the Emergency Action for Women's Lives Rally. More than 150 organizational and congressional sponsors, as well as representatives from over 160 college campuses were in attendance. 

The Deja' Vu: Women in the New Millennium presentation by Ireland and the reception is open to the community, free of charge - however reservations are necessary. For more information or to make a reservation telephone 219-980-6685.

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