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MS. FOUNDATION PRESIDENT MARIE C. WILSON TO SPEAK AT AQUINAS COLLEGE - Mar 2, 2003

March 2, 2003 - Aquinas College's Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center is sponsoring a presentation by Marie C. Wilson, president of the Ms. Foundation for Women and president of The White House Project, on Wednesday, March 26 at 3:00 p.m. in the Wege Student Center Ballroom. The title of her talk is Why Women Matter: The Path to Leadership. Admission is free of charge.

Since 1984, Wilson has served as president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, raising millions of dollars for organizations and programs serving women and girls. The foundation has a strong record of grant making, training and public education strategies to create and improve economic opportunities for women in the United States. She co-created the public education campaign "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," to expand opportunities for all our nation's children.

In 1998 she co-founded "The White House Project" to change the political climate in order to have more women elected to office, including the presidency. Wilson founded the Women's Leadership Fund; a public education initiative dedicated to changing perceptions about and biases against women's leadership ability.

She is co-author of the critically Mother Daughter Revolution. Wilson is the recipient of several awards for her philanthropy efforts. She has spoken as an expert on women's political leadership on "Good Morning America," the CBS Evening News, CNN's "Inside Politics," and ABC's "Politically Incorrect." National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the BBC and the Christian Science Monitor have all featured interviews with Wilson.

For further information, please contact the Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center at 616-459-8281, ext. 4115.

Consistently ranked one of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Aquinas College offers an approach to learning and living that teaches students unlimited ways of seeing the world. Founded in 1886 by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, the College's Dominican tradition of working, service and lifelong learning remains alive today in a diverse student body. Students from more than 22 states and 15 foreign countries are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Within six months of graduation, nearly all graduates are in full-time jobs, enrolled in professional schools of law, medicine, or dentistry, or in a master or doctoral program.