GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Former Democratic Representative Patricia Schroeder will speak at 6 p.m., Sept. 16 at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall.
During her talk, Schroeder will tackle multiple topics including running for Congress as a woman, her decision to take on women and family issues, the current political climate and the importance of an educated and engaged citizenry.
A member of the Democratic Party, Schroeder represented Colorado in the United States House of Representatives from 1973–1997. She was the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado and was the mother of two young children at the time she was elected. As such, Schroeder quickly became an advocate for work-family and women’s issues. Her involvement made her a key player in the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
After 24 years representing Colorado’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, Schroeder left Congress undefeated. She considered running for President but withdrew for lack of funds.
In 1997 she became president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, the national trade organization of the U.S. book publishing industry, a post she still holds today.
In addition to heading the AAP, Schroeder also serves on the Marguerite Casey Foundation Board of Directors, the American Bar Association’s Center for Human Rights Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Council for a Livable World’s Peace PAC.
She is the author of two books: “Champion of the Great American Family” and “24 Years of House Work… and the Place Is Still a Mess.”
The event and parking is free and open to the public. The program will be streamed live at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu and is being co-sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Alachua County.
The education team of the Gainesville League of Women Voters is studying the impact of taxpayer revenue funding for alternatives to public schools including charter schools, virtual schools, and private schools. Impact areas include, but are not limited to, fiscal accountability, per student funding, academic standards, transparency of information, and racial/economic groups.
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service is a community of students, scholars and politically engaged citizens, devoted to enhanced citizenship; the training of current and future public and civic leaders who can identify problems and spearhead change; and the development of policy on issues of importance to Florida, the United States and the global community.