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Women's History Program Draws Crowd

Writer Judy Mann, prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and keynote speaker at NIH's observance of Women's History Month, drew an overflow audience at the Mar. 27 gathering in Wilson Hall. Her message about women, politics and gender conflicts underscored the important choices women need to make in their lives, such as developing economic stability and forging and exercising the power to make their own life choices. She said women can contribute their creative integrated thinking to society, while fashioning their own sense of self-worth.

Washington Post columnist Judy Mann addresses a capacity crowd in Wilson Hall for Women's History Month.

Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, NIH deputy director, presented an overview of NIH women's accomplishments, highlighting the many research and administrative achievements.

Following Mann's talk, she signed copies of her most recent book. In honor of the occasion, all audience members were given a Women's History Month bookmark and button. In addition to the mementos, the audience took home a reaffirmation that women have participated actively in every era of American history and have made enormous social and political advances.

Mann autographs copies of her book, "The Difference: Growing Up Female in America," for attendees at the Women's History Month observance.

If you are interested in working on the WHM planning committee for 1998, contact Shirley Everest in the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity, 6-4627.

Women's History Month planning committee and volunteers include (seated, from l) Cynthia Washington, committee cochairs Angela Magliozzi and Nga Nguyen, and Josie Evans; and (standing, from l) Harriet Greenwald, Mary Ann Kelley, Genia Bohrer, guest speaker Judy Mann, Karen Howard, Mary Langford, Shirley Everest and Mary Beth Gallagher.

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