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05/20/94

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Congresswoman Eshoo to speak on 'Women and Politics' at Stanford

STANFORD -- Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) will lecture on "Women in Politics: Changing the Face of Congress" at noon Wednesday, June 1, in the Oak East Room of Stanford University's Tresidder Union.

The talk is part of the spring quarter Jing Lyman Lecture Series, "Women and Politics." The series is sponsored by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Program in Feminist Studies.

Eshoo represents California's 14th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties including Stanford University, Silicon Valley, NASA Ames Research Center and part of the coastline. Upon her election to Congress in 1992, Eshoo was elected regional whip for Northern California. She serves on the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Eshoo was a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for 10 years before her election to Congress, and served as the board's president. She was the first woman chair of the San Mateo County Democratic Party.

As a member of Congress, Eshoo has continued to build her reputation as an advocate for women and children and a leader in health care issues. She was responsible for securing funds for California's first free-standing nursing facility for AIDS patients and was instrumental in a 15-fold increase in AIDS funding for San Mateo County.

She instituted a Sexual Harassment Orientation Program for all San Mateo County employees and established a task force to compile data on violence against women. Eshoo also forged a labor-community-airline alliance to provide child care for their workers.

The lecture is free and open to the community. For more information, contact the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at (415) 723-1995.

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