Women's rights advocate serves as guest speaker at Tech

Mar 19, 2010 | General News

Louisiana Tech alumna and nationally known women’s rights advocate Kim Gandy will be the featured speaker as Women’s History Month activities conclude on Tuesday, March 30.
Gandy will speak on “The History of the Women’s Movement” at 2:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium on the Louisiana Tech campus, and again at 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Library.
Both events are free and open to the public.
A 1973 Louisiana Tech graduate in mathematics and education, Kim Gandy also holds a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. She served as assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish and later maintained a private practice handling cases seeking fair treatment for women.
Gandy served as president of the Louisiana chapter of the National Organization of Women, where she was instrumental in drafting the state’s Domestic Abuse Assistance Act and Child Support Enforcement Act. She has also served on the drafting committees for important federal laws, including the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
Between 2001 and 2009, Gandy served as national president of NOW. She recently completed a period in residence at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Gandy is currently vice president and general counsel of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Women’s History Month events at Louisiana Tech during March are sponsored by the department of history and Lambda-Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, history honor society. Coordinator of the series is Dr. Laurie S. Stoff, an assistant professor of history.
Financial and other support for the speaker series is provided by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Association of Women Students, the Student Organizational Grant Committee, and the Friends of the Lincoln Parish Library.