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2021 Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecture

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Media, Film & Journalism Studies

Featuring Representative Pat Schroeder

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Representative Pat Schroeder
Representative Pat Schroeder

The Estlow Center for International Journalism and New Media is proud to announce this year's Anvil of Freedom honoree: Representative Pat Schroeder.

Representative Schroeder represented Colorado’s First Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1973–1997. During her tenure in the House, she became the Dean of Congressional Women, co-chaired the Congressional Caucus on Women′s Issues for 10 years, and served on the House Judiciary Committee, the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, and was the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee.

As chair of the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families from 1991 to 1993, Schroeder guided the Family and Medical Leave Act and the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act to enactment in 1993, a fitting legislative achievement for her lifetime of work on behalf of women′s and family issues. She was also active on many military issues, expediting the National Security Committee′s vote to allow women to fly combat missions in 1991 and working to improve the situation of military families through passage of her Military Family Act in 1985.

Schroeder’s biting wit and political barbs helped to make her a household name and blazed a trail for a new generation of women onto Capitol Hill. One of only 14 women in the House of Representatives, Schroeder confronted a male-dominated institution that frowned not only on her feminist agenda but on her mere presence.

A leader in the cause of education and a champion of free speech, Schroeder was never a single-issue candidate. As Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property she was one of the most knowledgeable members of Congress on copyright issues and a strong advocate for protecting intellectual property rights and for reinforcing the creative incentive for developing intellectual property. She continued this advocacy as President and CEO of the American Association of Publishers from 1997–2008.

The 2021 Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Lecture will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 21, from 12–1:30 p.m. MDT, and will be hosted by the following cosponsors:

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