Award-winning ABC news correspondent Lynn Sherr will discuss the challenges she faced as a woman in television during the 1960s and 1970s as part of this year's Stanton/Anthony Conversations, a series of annual forums on issues of women's rights.
Sherr just published her memoir recounting her career climb in the face of sexism. She will speak during a luncheon and then moderate a panel of young women leaders discussing "100 Years Since Susan B.: The Future of Feminism," about obstacles to full equality still facing women in the 21st century. The luncheon will be held at noon, followed by the panel at 1:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 6, in the May Room in Wilson Commons on the University of Rochester's River Campus.
The program is sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership at the University and is named for suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
"Women in the United States won the vote in 1920, but Anthony saw suffrage as a means, not an end," said Nora Bredes, director of the Anthony Center. "Anthony said that 'ancient prejudices' could prevent women from standing equally beside men. Legal rights have given women more opportunities and the chance to establish equality, but they are not equality itself. There's still much work that needs to be done."
Sherr received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College. She was a reporter for the Associated Press, Conde Nast Publications, WCBS-TV in New York, and public television stations WNET in New York City and WETA in Washington, D.C., before joining ABC News in 1977. She covered national news, including presidential elections and the space program, before being named a correspondent for ABC's newsmagazine 20/20 in 1986. Sherr is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy Award, and two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation awards. Her memoir, Outside the Box, was published this month.
Sherr will moderate a discussion by a panel of current young women leaders:
Though the Conversations panel discussion is free, registration is required. The luncheon cost is $35. For information on registration, reservations, and parking, contact the Anthony Center at (585) 275-8799. Information about the center can be found online at http://www.rochester.edu/SBA.
The Stanton/Anthony Conversations are part of the Anthony Center's yearlong initiative, "100 Years Since Susan B. . . . Consider the Anthony Legacy," which includes events and programs celebrating women's achievements since the suffragist died in 1906. The luncheon and panel programs are being held during Meliora Weekend, the University's annual tradition of celebrating homecoming, alumni reunions, and parents' weekend together. The Stanton/Anthony Conversations program is supported by the Nan Johnson Endowment. Johnson is a former Monroe County Legislator and the founding director of the Anthony Center.