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Six O’Clock Series: “In Sisterhood,” February 18

Posted on 2/14/2013 11:16:24 AM

The Six O’Clock Series presents “In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh,” on Monday, February 18, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Ohio Room.

Pittsburgh has a long history of producing entrepreneurs, philanthropists, artists, and musicians. What is less well known is that the region was also the birthplace of some influential leaders of the women’s movement and was home to several pioneering feminist organizations during the latter part of the 1900s. “In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh” is an oral history and multimedia project designed to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of this inspiring aspect of the region’s history and to highlight how progress was achieved through the hard work and determination of a diverse group of local grassroots activists. A related project, called “Bridge Builders,” explores the synergistic nexus between the civil rights and women’s movements in Pittsburgh during the 1960s and 1970s.

The goals of the exhibit are to pay tribute to feminists in our region who worked hard to promote equality, to raise awareness among students about the role of social movements in our democratic society, and to encourage civic engagement. The panel will include four women associated with the exhibit: Pat Ulbrich, Ph.D., director and producer of the multimedia exhibits,and three local feminists whose leadership is featured in the exhibit: Barbara Hafer, Ann Begler, and Maureen McHugh, Ph.D. Each of the panelists will address their experiences, the importance of the women’s movement, and the significance of the exhibit.

Patricia Ulbrich is director and producer of “In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh.” She is a progressive social scientist, film student, and visiting scholar in women studies at the University of Pittsburgh. For more than three decades, Ulbrich’s research has focused women’s issues, including how individuals’ race, class, and gender shape their life chances. She cofounded the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania and serves on the board of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.

Barbara Hafer was the first educational director of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, founder of the Center for Victims of Violent Crimes, and the cofounder of PA Coalition Against Rape. Best known for her career in Pennsylvania politics, Hafer was the first woman elected to the Allegheny County Commission. She was subsequently elected state auditor general and elected state treasurer. She currently lives in Indiana and has served on the Foundation for IUP board.

Ann Begler is the founder and principal of the Begler Group, a Pittsburgh firm providing services in mediation, advanced facilitation, conflict coaching, and organizational development. Begler is an active mediator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s mediation program and is the the Pennsylvania Superior Court’s Western District mediator, mediating court appeals arising within the civil, family, and estate areas of the courts.

Maureen McHugh was active in the women’s movement in Pittsburgh and has played a leadership role in the development and direction of women’s studies in the region, initiating the Women’s Studies Program at IUP in 1986 and codirecting the Tri State Teaching Women’s Studies Conference for more than a decade. She is active in feminist psychology at the national level.

The “Bridge Builders” and “In Sisterhood” multimedia exhibits will be installed at the University Museum, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, February 2–March 16, 2013. Find out more about the University Museum’s exhibit of “In Sisterhood: the Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh.”