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Nationally known women’s advocate speaks at Transylvania

Sarah Weddington, nationally known for her work on issues affecting women through her roles as an attorney, legislator, presidential assistant, and professor, delivered an address titled “Some Leaders are Born Women” in Carrick Theater January 17.

In 1973, Weddington appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and successfully argued the winning side of the landmark Roe v. Wade case on the issue of abortion. A long-time advocate for women, she was the first woman to be elected from Austin to the Texas House of Representatives. As an assistant to President Jimmy Carter from 1978-81, she led White House efforts to extend ratification time for the Equal Rights Amendment and assisted in the selection of women for federal judiciary appointments, among other activities.

Sarah Weddington
Women’s advocate Sarah Weddington speaks with, from left, seniors Austyn Gaffney, Viktoria Safarian, and Lindsey Jagoe.

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