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Patricia Schroeder Announced as Keynote Speaker for Women's Studies Annual Conference

Hope Lenamon

February 22, 2017


The former congresswoman will speak at the 33rd annual conference on women's, gender and identity issues.

Patricia Scott Schroeder
Patricia Scott Schroeder

Former U.S. congresswoman Patricia Scott Schroeder will serve as the keynote speaker on for the Women's Studies Program's 33rd annual Conference on Women in Higher Education on April 21. The conference celebrates 33 years of academic excellence at Texas Tech University.

Proposals for the conference are being accepted through Friday (Feb. 24). Papers and panel proposals that explore the manifold meanings of movement and change as connected to, created by, and/or caught up in the presence of women's, gender and identity issues, in both contemporary and historical frameworks, are welcome. Interdisciplinary proposals, as well as those from disciplines and specialty subject areas, also are encouraged.

The conference will be held in meeting rooms on the upper level of the Student Union Building, including the Matador Room, where Schroeder will give her public address at 1 p.m.

Schroeder left Congress in 1996 after representing Colorado's First Congressional District (Denver) in the United States House of Representatives for 24 years. She considered running for president in 1986 but withdrew because of lack of funds, despite the fact that she ranked third in a Time magazine poll.

Schroeder has served as president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the national trade organization of the U.S. book publishing industry, since 1997.

In addition to heading the AAP, Schroeder serves on the Marguerite Casey Foundation Board of Directors and the American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights Executive Committee. She also serves on various advisory committees dealing with literacy and issues affecting children and women.

From January to June 1997, Schroeder was a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Schroeder attended Harvard Law School and was one of only 15 women in a class of more than 500 men. She earned her jurisdoctorate in 1964 and moved to Denver where she would run for Colorado's First Congressional District House seat in 1972.

During Schroeder's 12-term tenure in the House, she became the dean of Congressional Women; chaired the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families; co-chaired the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues; and served on the House Judiciary Committee and the Post Office and Civil Service Committee. She was the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.

Schroeder has been active on many military issues, a leader in the cause of education and a champion of free speech. She also is a strong advocate for protecting intellectual property rights and for reinforcing the creative incentive for developing intellectual property. She continues this advocacy in her leadership of AAP.

Schroeder 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." She is in the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.

Proposals for the conference should be submitted online as a 250-word abstract that includes the proposal title and name, and the affiliation and contact information for all author(s) on or before Feb. 24.

The Women's Studies Program is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement

For more information on the complete conference schedule and registration form, visit the conference website.

Call for Proposals

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