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Visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow to speak April 26

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The head of Women’s Campaign International will be on the Wofford College campus during the week of April 26 through 30 as the visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellow.

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, who also is a fellow at the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, also will make a public presentation on Monday, April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Olin Teaching Theater in the F.W. Olin Building on campus.

Margolies-Mezvinsky, the first woman elected to Congress from Pennsylvania, elected in 1992, has been president of the Women’s Campaign Fund and the Women’s Campaign Research Fund, the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan political action committee supporting progressive women candidates running for public office at all levels of government.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a CBS News Foundation Fellow at Columbia University, she is a former television journalist in Philadelphia and for NBC in New York and Washington, D.C. Her reporting earned her five Emmy Awards as well as numerous other awards.

Following her award-winning series on the plight of Southeast Asian war orphans, Margolies-Mezvinsky became the first unmarried U.S. citizen to adopt a foreign child, Lee Heh from Korea, in 1970; four years later, she adopted her daughter, Holly, from Vietnam. She chronicled their experiences in the 1976 bestseller “They Came to Stay,” the first of four books she has written. She and her husband, Edward Mezvinsky, whom she married in 1975, have a combined family of 11 children; with the refugee families they have been sponsoring since their marriage, their household has taken care of 25 children.

She has served as director of the U.S. delegation of the United Nations’ Fourth World Congress on Women, and in 1998 she was the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor for Pennsylvania.