Eleanor Smeal, the President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, is one of the nation's most prominent feminist advocates and a leader in the fight for women's equality. Smeal will present a lecture on "Forging Feminism and the Fighting the Backlash against Reproductive Rights." In her speech, she will address some of the most pressing topics of the feminist movement, including: the radical right, abortion clinic terrorism, RU 486, and "justifiable homicide." This talk is sponsored by Northeastern University and will be held on Thursday, October 28th, at 11:45 at Frost Lounge.
Smeal is known as a political analyst, strategist, and grassroots organizer. Smeal, who is trained as a political scientist, was the first to identify the polling analyses to enhance woman's voting clout. Smeal is the author of How and Why Women Will Elect the Next President (Harper and Row, 1984), which predicted that women's votes would be decisive in presidential politics.
Over the past 26 years, Smeal has been on the frontlines fighting for women's equality. She has been at the forefront of almost every women's rights victory - from the integration of Little League, Newspaper Discrimination Act, Equal Credit Act, Civil Rights Restoration Act, Violence Against Women Act, Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, and Civil Rights Act of 1991. Smeal has played a pivotal role in defining the debate, developing the strategies, and charting the direction of the modern day women's movement.
Please encourage your students and colleagues to join us. If you need more information please contact Women's Studies at 617-373-4984.
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