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UTSA hosts 'Women's Day to Speak' April 4

(March 31, 2005)--The UTSA Student Government Association sponsors "Women's Day to Speak" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, April 4 on Sombrilla Plaza at the 1604 Campus.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Councilwoman Patti Radle headline a panel of prominent community members that will discuss women's issues and their role in politics.

Jeffrey Hons, president of Planned Parenthood, Sarwat Husain, chair of the Council of American-Islam Relations, and Elaina Guajardo with National Organization of Women join Van de Putte and Radle on the panel.

Following the panel discussion there will be a screening of the film, "Iron Jawed Angels," which tells the story of the women's rights activists who spearheaded the women's suffrage movement during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The event is part of the group's Civic Awareness Week designed to encourage the campus community to vote.

The campaign to raise voter awareness began last fall when UTSA students registered voters on campus. The group offered a shuttle service to early voting sites for the presidential election and recently was named an early-voting site for the 2005 mayoral election.

With "Women's Day to Speak," the group hopes to motivate, educate and empower women to get involved in politics.

--Leigh Anne Gullett

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