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Stanford Report, April 26, 2000

Journalist Helen Thomas to keynote Herstory 2000 events

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas will present the keynote address for this year's Herstory events at 8 p.m. tonight in Kresge Auditorium.

Thomas, the longtime White House bureau chief of United Press International, is a pioneer among women journalists. Starting with John F. Kennedy in 1961, she has covered eight presidential administrations.

She was the first woman officer of the National Press Club after it opened its doors to women members, and the first woman officer of the White House Correspondents' Association and that group's first woman president. Thomas was also the first woman president of the Gridiron Club. She is the recipient of numerous awards.

Herstory activities, which kicked off April 15, will conclude Mothers' Day weekend with "Eve: The First Woman's Voice," a Mother's Day worship service at 10 a.m. May 14 in Memorial Church. The service will feature feminist readings and liturgy from Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. Following the service will be a lecture, "A History of the Wife," by Marilyn Yalom, a senior scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Reservations for an informal lunch in the Memorial Church side garden may be made by May 10 to Imelda White at 723-1762 or iwhite@stanford.edu. For more information, contact kellyv@stanford.edu or call the Women's Center, the primary sponsor, at 723-0545. SR