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LBJ School’s CPG to Present Gail Collins, NY Times Columnist and Author, Oct. 13

Event Details

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum Atrium
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Free parking will be available in Lot 38 in the LBJ Library and Museum parking lot.

The Center for Politics and Governance at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will present Gail Collins, renowned New York Times columnist and author, as she talks about her 2009 book “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present” on Oct. 13, as part of the Center's ongoing Perspectives@CPG series.

Gail CollinsThe event will take place from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/cpg/event_rsvp.php?id=77. Free parking will be available in Lot 38 in the LBJ Library and Museum parking lot.

The first-ever female head of The New York Times editorial board and op-ed columnist, Gail Collins, is a noted women’s historian. In her talk on Oct. 13, Collins will tell the story of women’s struggles and successes from the time the first colonists arrived in America, to the open sexism of the 1960s, to Hillary Clinton’s historic run for President.

Collins joined The New York Times in 1995, as a member of the editorial board and later, as an op-ed columnist. In 2001, she became the first woman ever appointed editor of The New Times editorial page.

When Everything Changed book cover

Beyond her work as a journalist, Collins has published several books, including: “When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present”, “Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics”, “America’s Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines” and “The Millennium Book,” which she co-authored with her husband Dan Collins.

More on “When Everything Changed”

“When Everything Changed” begins in 1960, when most American women had to obtain their husbands’ permission to apply for a credit card. It ends in 2008, with Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential campaign. This was a time of cataclysmic change, when, after four hundred years, expectations about the lives of American women were smashed in just a generation.

A comprehensive mix of oral history and Gail Collins’ keen research – covering politics, fashion, popular culture, economics, sex, families, and work – “When Everything Changed” covers five crucial decades of progress. The enormous strides made since 1960 include the advent of the birth control pill, the end of “Help Wanted- Male” and “Help Wanted – Female” ads, and the lifting of quotas for women in admission to medical and law schools. Gail Collins describes what has happened in every realm of women’s lives, through the testimonies of both those who made history and those who simply made their way.