AUSTIN, Texas—U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, will discuss women’s political participation from 1-2 p.m., Feb. 10 at Welch Hall, Room 1.316 at The University of Texas at Austin. The lecture is part of Professor Gretchen Ritter’s Government 312 class, but additional seating will be available to the public.
Jackson Lee was hailed by Ebony magazine as one of the “100 Most Fascinating Black Women of the Century” and was named by Congressional Quarterly as one of the 50 most effective members in Congress. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1994 to represent the 18th Congressional District of Houston. In her most recent election to the 107th Congress, she received more than 77 percent of the vote. She has distinguished herself as a staunch defender of the Constitution, civil rights, juvenile justice, protection of America’s health needs, gun safety and responsibility, and economic empowerment for low and middle income Americans.
The lecture is part of the Siebert Profiles in Leadership lecture series and is sponsored by the Muriel Siebert Foundation, Center for Women’s Studies and The Liberal Arts Council of the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.