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03/30/92

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Pat Schroeder to speak at Stanford April 3

STANFORD -- Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., the most senior woman in Congress, will speak on the state of women's issues in national politics at Stanford University on Friday, April 3. The talk is at 4:15 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, located at the Stanford Law School. The doors open at 3:45 p.m. The speech is free to anybody with a Stanford student ID, and $2 for faculty, staff and non-Stanford students. General admission is $4. Family and women's issues have long been among Schroeder's top priorities. In 1989, she introduced legislation to increase the federal commitment to birth control and infertility research, which was incorporated in the Women's Health Equity Act. This package of legislation was developed in part, under Schroeder's direction, by the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. The caucus also is conducting several investigations into gender discrepancies in the area of research and services. Schroeder is a House sponsor of the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that would put into federal law the principles of Roe. v. Wade, securing a woman's right to choose to terminate her pregnancy and preventing states from restricting that right before viability. She also is a leading sponsor of the Family and Medical Leave Act, which gives workers the right to a job-guaranteed unpaid leave for reasons including birth, adoption or serious illness. After exploring a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987, Schroeder was voted one of the six most highly respected women in America in a Gallup poll. In February 1989, her first book, Champion of the Great American Family, was published. -pr-

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