Oct. 24, 2006
Contact: Tracy Power
`Women in Politics’ conference hosted at MUW
Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s College
of Business and the Southern Women’s Institute (SWI)
are hosting a “Women in Politics” conference on
Friday, Oct. 27.
The event, which is
free and open to the public, will be held in
Parkinson Hall Nissan Auditorium from 2-5 p.m. with
a reception following.
Historian Martha Swain
and visiting SWI scholar Dorothy Shawhan, a
Mississippi writer, will open with a discussion of
women in politics titled, “Moving from Pedestal to
presentation, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Kay
Beevers Cobb, a 1963 graduate of MUW, Mississippi
Sen. Deborah Dawkins and newly elected Greenwood
Mayor Sheriel Perkins will serve on a panel
discussion about their personal experiences as women
in public service.
panel discussion, New Orleans filmmaker Bess Carrick
will introduce her film “Lindy Boggs: Steel and
Velvet.” The film’s premiere is the main event of
the afternoon and tells the story of former
Louisiana congresswoman and ambassador to the
Vatican, Lindy Boggs. The one-hour documentary will
air nationally on PBS beginning in November.
Dr. Anne L. Balazs,
interim dean of MUW’s College of Business,
spearheaded the event and believes it will be, “informative
“The entire MUW student body would
benefit from the historical perspective and
commentary on women’s influence on state politics,”
The event was deliberately scheduled for
campaign season, according to Balazs, and MUW’s
College Democrats and Republicans are helping host
the event. The SWI, political science faculty and
Torch Honor Society are also assisting.