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Stanford Report, November 8, 2000

Betty Friedan to give Deborah L. Rhode lecture tonight; panel to discuss feminism and aging

Betty Friedan, women's rights spokesperson and author of The Feminine Mystique, will deliver the Deborah L. Rhode Annual Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Kresge Auditorium. She will discuss her book The Fountain of Age, which is based on 10 years of research on changing sex roles and the aging process. Her talk is free and open to the public.

The annual lecture is named in honor of Rhode, the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and former director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG). The lectureship honors men and women who have made significant contributions to the status of women through their scholarship.

Friedan will speak for about 20 minutes and then will be joined on stage by a panel of experts in the fields of feminism and aging to answer questions from the audience. Laura Carstensen, director of IRWG, will moderate the panel, which will include Rhode, Myra Strober from the School of Education and Carroll Estes from the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California-San Francisco.

Friedan is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell University. She directs a Washington, D.C.-based program titled "The New Paradigm: Women, Men, Work, Family and Public Policy."

For more information, call Mary Stiles at 723-1995.