University of Pittsburgh
February 10, 2009

Pittsburgh's Role in Women's Movement Showcased in Multimedia Exhibition at Pitt's William Pitt Union

"In Sisterhood" will be on display Feb. 16-27; panel discussion to be held Feb. 17

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-The role of Pittsburgh area leaders in the women's movement is being highlighted in a multimedia exhibition "In Sisterhood," which will be on display Feb. 16-27 at the Kimbo Gallery on the main floor of Pitt's William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

The exhibition features a portrait gallery of 16 area leaders whose work had a national impact on the women's movement during the latter half of the 20th century. The exhibition includes a 15-minute video of excerpts from oral histories about the leaders' work to gain equal rights for women and girls in Southwest Pennsylvania. Also featured are memorabilia from the women's private collections. Among the leaders featured are Eleanor Smeal-who rose through the ranks of the National Organization for Women while living in Pittsburgh, eventually assuming the NOW presidency in 1977-Ann Begler, Alma Speed Fox, and Cynthia Vanda. The Kimbo Gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Pat Ulbrich at 412-621-3252 or

The "In Sisterhood" event also will include a free public panel discussion from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Kurtzman Room of the William Pitt Union. Titled "Archiving Women's Activism," the discussion will include thoughts and insight from Patricia Ulbrich, "In Sisterhood" project director and visiting scholar at Pitt's Women's Studies Program; Kate Colligan, archivist, research assistant professor in Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health; Cynthia Vanda, director of the former Pitt Women's Center, which was active on campus in the 1970s and '80s; and Marie Skoczylas, local activist and production assistant for "In Sisterhood."

"The "In Sisterhood" project is designed to promote a deeper understanding of and appreciation for this inspiring aspect of the region's history and to highlight how progress was achieved through the hard work and determination of a diverse group of local activists," said Ulbrich.