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History Pub: Edith Green: Champion for Education and Equality

Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97211, US (map)

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Tri-Met Bus #72 and Bus #73

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Much of what can be seen today in federal support of education, equal access for women to academic programs and faculties, and the current range of women’s athletics -- indeed the expanded role of women in the workplace -- began more than a half century ago with Oregon’s Edith Green. In her 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, she was the acknowledged leader on landmark education legislation, and before the advent of the Feminist Movement, she also was an early advocate for equal treatment of women in employment and education. Among many other laws, those two interests led to her role in creating what became known as Title IX, which prohibited discrimination against women by educational institutions receiving federal funds and led, among other important impacts, to a revolutionary expansion in women’s sports. This talk looks at the notable career and achievements of this pace-setting lawmaker in promoting the causes of education and women’s equality in the male-dominated Congress of her time.

This talk looks at the notable career and achievements of this pace-setting lawmaker in promoting the causes of education and women’s equality in the male-dominated Congress of her time.

Phil Cogswell retired in 1999 after a 32-year career at The Oregonian, including positions as reporter, op-ed page editor and deputy editorial page editor. He worked as a Congressional intern in the office of Rep. Edith Green in the summer of 1963 when she was securing passage of the Higher Education Facilities Act. As The Oregonian's Washington, D.C., correspondent (1972-74) he covered Rep. Green's last three years in Congress.

He has also written on Oregon history, including the Oregon Encyclopedia article on Edith Green and the book Capitol Names—Individuals Woven into Oregon History. He is the current president and long-time member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, an affiliate of the Oregon Historical Society.

http://ohs.org/events/oregons-edith-green-champion-for-education-and-equality.cfm

About History Pub

Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.


The Oregon Historical Society is a scholarly resource dedicated to putting the power of history into everyone's hands & advancing knowledge worldwide.

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