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Marilyn Waring, outspoken feminist, economist, politician, lectures at UI Oct. 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In 1975 Marilyn Waring began charting new ground in politics when at 22 she became the youngest and only woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament. Waring will speak at the University of Iowa at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Waring's lecture, "The Sustainable Landscape: Idealism or Reality?" is free and open to the public.

Waring is a trained economist whose views on justice and common-sense talk on economics thrice won her a seat in Parliament. She gained international acclaim as an advocate in global feminist economics and a campaigner to redefine traditional women's roles.

She continued to redefine women's roles when at 24 she became chairperson of New Zealand's prestigious Public Expenditures Committee that is responsible for reviewing the country's parliamentary budgets.

Waring penned her lamentations against inequalities between the sexes and in economics in "Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth," "Three Masquerades: Essays on Equality, Work" and "Human Rights" among other books.

Waring, who has a doctorate in political economy, is an economic development consultant, farmer and senior lecturer in social policy and social work at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

Her visit at the UI coincides with the UI's yearlong celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed 50 years ago. Waring's lecture is sponsored by: UI International Programs, the Clarence Tow Fund of the department of economics, the College of Liberal Arts, the University Lecture Committee, the sociology department, and the International Business Student Association.

Persons with a disability who require special accommodations at the event should contact International Programs at (319) 335-0637.