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Former Governor Barbara Roberts (left) with Marisa Chappel, Associate Professor of History at OSU and head coordinator of the Woman Citizen Project (right)

Former Governor Barbara Roberts talks about: “Oregon’s Women: Looking Back, Looking Forward.”

On Friday, December 2, Oregon’s only woman governor, Governor Barbara Roberts, spoke on campus about the suffrage campaign in Oregon, the changing role of women in the state’s political system, and her own experiences as the state’s first and only woman governor. On campus to celebrate the release of her book, Up the Capital Steps (Oregon University Press, 2011), the Governor offered her insights as part of the American Culture and Politics Lecture Series (sponsored by the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion and the Horning Endowment in the Humanities) and the Woman Citizen Project. The Governor’s talk was also sponsored by Women in Policy, a new student organization on campus.

Speaking on the Friday afternoon of the last day of Fall term, the Governor nonetheless attracted a sizable audience of OSU students, faculty, and staff as well as Corvallis community members, and she graciously stayed after her talk to sign copies of her new book.


Women in Policy members with Barbara Roberts





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