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Chatham University to host author and activist Ellen Bravo as part of Women’s History Month

PITTSBURGH (March 6, 2013) … Chatham University will host author and activist Ellen Bravo as part of Women’s History Month at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. The free public event will be held in the Eddy Theater on the Shadyside Campus. Bravo will discuss her book, Taking On the Big Boys: Or Why Feminism Is Good for Families, Business, and the Nation. Bravo’s book approaches inequality between men and women in the workplace by examining race, class, and gender. The book does not just expose the problems, it provides activist strategies for systemic change.

A long-time activist for working women, Bravo began working for 9to5, National Association of Working Women in 1982, when she helped found the Milwaukee chapter. She served until 2004 as its national director. Now she directs Family Values @ Work Consortium, a network of state coalitions working for paid sick days and paid family leave. She has also taught Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including graduate courses on family-friendly workplaces and on sexual harassment.

Bravo co-authored (with Ellen Cassedy) The 9to5 Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and wrote The Job/Family Challenge: A 9to5 Guide (Not for Women Only). She’s also written numerous articles and reports, including “Quality Part-Time Options in Wisconsin,” funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Bravo is frequently interviewed by the media and is a leading spokeswoman on working women’s issues. She blogs at The Huffington Post and Feministing.

She has served on several state and federal commissions, including the bi-partisan Commission on Leave appointed by Congress to study the impact of the Family and Medical Leave Act. She co-chaired the Economic Sufficiency Task Force of the Wisconsin Women = Prosperity project led by Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton. She also serves as treasurer for the campaign of Congresswoman Gwendolynne Moore. She is a member of several boards and committees, including the Working for Good Jobs in America Fund, the Work-Life Law Advisory Committee, the Progressive States Network, and the Grants Advisory Committee of the Milwaukee Women’s Fund. Among her commendations are a Ford Foundation Visionary award, the Francis Perkins “Intelligence and Courage” award, and a Woman of Vision award from the Ms. Foundation. Bravo lives in Milwaukee with her husband; they have two adult sons.  

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Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today. For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit