Women and politics to be topic talk Oct. 29

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Former Congresswoman, journalist and current chair of Women's Campaign International Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy will visit Gettysburg College on Oct. 29.

Margolies-Mezvinksy, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, will talk about women and politics at 7 p.m. in College Union Building Room 260.

Margolies-Mezvinsky spent 20 years as a journalist with NBC's stations in New York and Washington, D.C. and was a correspondent for "The Today Show," "Sunday Today," "A Closer Look," "Real Life with Jane Pauley" and CNBC. Margolies-Mezvinsky has won five Emmy awards and numerous other awards.

In 1992, Margolies-Mezvinsky became the first woman ever elected to Congress from Pennsylvania. In 1995, she led the United States delegation to the United Nations' Fourth International Women's Conference in Beijing and she has since represented U.S. delegations to India, Spain, Austria, Turkey and Kazakhstan. Margolies-Mezvinsky served as President of the Women's Campaign Fund and the Women's Campaign Research Fund from 1996 to 1998. In 1998, she was the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania.

Margolies-Mezvinsky is the author of four books, including the 1976 best seller, "They Came to Stay," which chronicles the adoption of her two daughters. She is currently a fellow at the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Margolies-Mezvinsky chairs Women's Campaign International, an organization that provides grassroots political training to women around the world.

Margolies-Mezvinsky is the final speaker of the Eisenhower Institute's fall speaker series at Gettysburg College.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Sat, 25 Oct 2008

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