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"California Women" speaking out

28 April 2005

ATTENTION: Feature writers, editors

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations

(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

A celebration of "Our Collective Voice: The Extraordinary Work of Women in California," a University of California, Berkeley, exhibit featuring two centuries' worth of contributions by California women.

The prominent Bay Area women listed below will read excerpts from journals, letters, oral histories and newspaper columns in the exhibit, which was assembled from materials at The Bancroft Library.

5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, April 29

Doe Library's North Terrace. A campus map is available at www.berkeley.edu/map.

Tabitha Soren, formerly of MTV News and an accomplished photographer, will moderate a panel including writers Ayelet Waldman and Terry McMillan, UC Regent Velma Montoya and popular UC Berkeley professors Marian Diamond and Roberta Park. Former World War II "Rosie the Riveter" Phyllis Gould will be joined by renowned photographer Judy Dater, educator Kim Bancroft and activists Sylvia McLaughlin, Dagmar Dolby and Susan O'Hara.

The Golden Overtones will perform.

Samples of the works to be read include this excerpt from the 1859 issue of The Hesperian, a newspaper founded by two women to counter other publications that they said disparaged Western women as too forthright and assertive:

"Notwithstanding all that has been said and written of California, people at a distance appear to have a very imperfect idea of our position, either socially or morally ... They do not stop to consider that in California are gathered together great minds from all parts of the world ... which shall in time be developed to startle the world."

For more information about the exhibit, see a news release at: http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/03/29_californiawomen.shtml. A slide show highlighting the exhibit will be available there.