The Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership is looking for nominations for the 2002 Susan B. Anthony Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is given annually to a woman affiliated with UR who has demonstrated strong leadership qualities, personal and professional success and has served as a role model for other women.

Those eligible for the award include alumni, trustees, faculty members, administrators or retired faculty or administrators.

Candidates should have achieved significant professional stature and influence in their field, as well as helping women to continue to advance in leadership positions.

Last year’s award was given to university trustee Paula Brownlee, Class of 1964, who is the former president of Hollins College and the first woman president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

This year’s award recipient will be honored at the Susan B. Anthony Legacy Dinner Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. She will be awarded a silver and gold pin, inscribed with the motto, “Failure is Impossible,” to symbolize her achievement.

To nominate a candidate, forms can be sent to RC 270435 or emailed to anthonycenter@ mail.rochester.edu. Nominations are due to the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership by Monday, Dec. 3.

For more information, contact the Center at x58799.

Transgender activist and author speaks on campus

One hundred fifteen people filled the Welles-Brown room last night to hear the transgender author and activist Leslie Feinberg. The speech was presented by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Friends Association.

“I am a human being who would rather not be addressed as ‘Ms,’ ‘Mr,’ ‘ma’am’ or ‘sir.’ I prefer to use gender-neutral pronouns like ‘ze’ and ‘hir,'” Feinberg stated in “hir” book, “Trans Liberation.”

In Feinberg’s speech, “ze” discussed why the “T” should be added to GLB issues. “Ze” said that “ze” sees the transgendered community and the GLB community as partially overlapped circles. “I have a foot in each circle,” “ze” said. “I personally hope they don’t go in opposite directions.”

“Ze” emphasized diversity in the fight for freedom. “We learn in coalition to come to understand each other’s differences and the reality of human society and injustice,” “ze” said.

“Hir” speech spanned a wide range of issues, such as the Stonewall Rebellion in Greenwich Village in 1969, and was not limited to problems concerning the gay and transgendered communities.

Feinberg related the present-day Arab racism, as well as the misogyny and racism of the past, to the issues of the transgender and gay communities.

“Ze” also called for more active protests against the US lead bombings in Afghanistan. “We should vote with our feet against actions we never voted for in the first place,” “ze” said.

Feinberg’s encouraged guests to visit “hir” Web site at www.transgenderwarrior.org.

Reporting by Alissa Miller and Joy Schaefer.



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