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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Women's Rights Panel at History Center

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 3:23 PM

The fight for women's rights is far from won, but you can look back on a high-water mark of the struggle tomorrow night. The Heinz History Center hosts a special panel talk on the movement circa 1968 with several women who were there.

Sisterhood in Pittsburgh: Women's Liberation from the 1960s to Today features civil-rights leaders Alma Speed Fox and Molly Rush; Cindy Judd Hill, who was involved in a major court case on sexual discrimination here in the late '60s; Sister Patricia MCann, who'll discuss the role of Catholic sisters in the movement; and longtime activist (and current city-council candidate) Jeanne Clark.

Fox is former executive director of the NAACP of Pittsburgh. Rush is an author and co-founder of the Thomas Merton Center. McCann directs the Sisters of Mercy archives; Clark is former press secretary for the National Organization for Women. Hill is a former music teacher who was fired for being pregnant.

The discussion is moderated by scholar Patricia Ulbrich, director of an oral history projects called "In Sisterhood: The Women's Movement in Pittsburgh."

The event is in conjunction with the Center's current exhibition 1968: The Year That Rocked America.

The discussion is at 6 p.m. Thursday. The center is located at 1212 Smallman St., in the Strip.

The $10 admission includes access to the exhibit. For more information, call 412-454-6373 or see www.heinzhistorycenter.org.

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