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"Some Leaders Are Born Women" will be the topic of a lecture by Sarah Weddington, who won the 1973 landmark lawsuit Roe vs. Wade, for Old Dominion University's President's Lecture Series March 15. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building auditorium.

Weddington, who was 26 years old when she won the Roe vs. Wade suit, is believed to be the youngest woman to win a case in the Supreme Court.

A nationally known expert on issues affecting women, she was the first woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives, where she served three terms. From 1978 to 1981, she served as assistant to President Carter, who designated her to lead White House efforts to assist in the selection of women for federal judiciary appointments, co-chair the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Mid-Decade Conference on Women in Copenhagen, and implement other programs to promote the equal treatment of women in the military.

A writer, teacher and lecturer, Weddington now practices law in Austin, Texas. She is also a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching a course called Leadership in America, and a member of the board of the Foundation for Women's Resources.

Weddington, who has been named one of Time magazine's Outstanding Young American Leaders, is the author of the best-selling "A Question of Choice," which details the Roe vs. Wade case. Currently, she is working on a book, tentatively titled "The Power of One," which will encourage participation in public and civic activities. She has also been featured in publications such as Working Woman, People and The Washington Post. Her interviews with former first ladies Johnson, Ford and Carter, titled "Women and the Constitution," were featured in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Weddington received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1967.

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This article was posted on: March 1, 2001

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