Activist and author to speak at CSUB

March 21, 2008
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Zoe Nicholson, activist and author of "The Hungry Heart: A Woman's Fast for Justice," will speak on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union multi-purpose room at California State University, Bakersfield.

Nicholson's 37-day fast with six other women in the Illinois State capitol to promote ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment made history in 1982. In her talk at CSUB, she will share aspects of her journey through the eye of the political storm, including her personal experiences of idealism, spiritual longing and hunger for justice.

"Nicholson's thoughts and actions, as preserved in the diary she kept during the fast, present an important episode in the ongoing struggle for civil rights and an inspiring example of non-violent resistance," said Liora Gubkin, CSUB's chair of Women and Gender Studies.

Emily Teipe, author of "Different Voices: Women in United States History" states of Nicholson, "In her public speaking venue, she continues the historical/political struggle to get women in the Constitution. An author, feminist and educator, she invites her audience to take the journey with her."

"Nicholson's historical journey resonates in our present moment as another woman makes political history," Gubkin said.

Nicholson's presentation, in honor of International Woman's Day, is sponsored by Women and Gender Studies and the Women's Network at CSUB.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free in Lot K after 6 p.m. For further information about this event, the Women's Network, or Women and Gender Studies, contact Gubkin, at 654-2314 or log onto