February 14, 2014 (REVISED April 30, 2014) Former Member of Congress Patricia Schroeder to Speak at the Library June 4

Event Rescheduled from March 4

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The Law Library of Congress will host a discussion with former U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4 in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, located at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Burton Foundation, the event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Deputy Librarian of Congress Robert Dizard Jr. will interview Schroeder about her career as the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado, as former president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Publishers and, most recently, as professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where she co-teaches a course on "Equity Issues in U.S. Legislation" with Ryan Musgrave, associate professor of philosophy and religion.

After earning a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1964, Schroeder moved to Colorado for a position with the National Labor Relations Board. Eight years later she became the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado, and the second-youngest woman ever elected to that body. A member of the Democratic Party, Schroeder was re-elected 11 times and served 24 years (1973-1997), representing Colorado's 1st district.

Schroeder was named president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Publishers in June 1997 and served in that post until May 2009.

Schroeder is in the Colorado Hall of Fame and the National Women's Hall of Fame. She was also honored by the National Research Center for Women and Families in 2006 for her lifetime of achievements, with a Foremother Award. She is the author of two books: "Champion of the Great American Family" (Random House, 1989) and "24 Years of House Work...and the Place Is Still a Mess" (Andrews McMeel, 1998).

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PR 14-025
ISSN 0731-3527