Monday, July 31, 2017

Kennedy School History Pub

Oregon’s Edith Green: Champion for Education and Equality

6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event
Free
All ages welcome

About Oregon’s Edith Green: Champion for Education and Equality

Presented by: Philip Cogswell, former editor and reporter at The Oregonian, McMenamins History, Oregon Historical Society and Holy Names Heritage Center

Much of what can be seen today in federal support of education, equal access for women to academic programs and faculties, and the current range of women's athletics -- indeed the expanded role of women in the workplace -- began more than a half century ago with Oregon's Edith Green. In her 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, she was the acknowledged leader on landmark education legislation, and before the advent of the Feminist Movement, she also was an early advocate for equal treatment of women in employment and education. Among many other laws, those two interests led to her role in creating what became known as Title IX, which prohibited discrimination against women by educational institutions receiving federal funds and led, among other important impacts, to a revolutionary expansion in women's sports.

This talk looks at the notable career and achievements of this pace-setting lawmaker in promoting the causes of education and women's equality in the male-dominated Congress of her time.

About the Speaker:

Phil Cogswell retired in 1999 after a 32-year career at The Oregonian, including positions as reporter, op-ed page editor and deputy editorial page editor. He worked as a Congressional intern in the office of Rep. Edith Green in the summer of 1963 when she was securing passage of the Higher Education Facilities Act. As The Oregonian's Washington, D.C., correspondent (1972-74) he covered Rep. Green's last three years in Congress.

He has also written on Oregon history, including the Oregon Encyclopedia article on Edith Green and the book Capitol Names -- Individuals Woven into Oregon History. He is the current president and long-time member of the Oregon Geographic Names Board, an affiliate of the Oregon Historical Society.

*** Photo credit: Edith Green introducing Robert Kennedy, c.1966; Courtesy Oregon Hist. Soc. Research Lib., 011051

About Kennedy School History Pub

Kennedy School History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp