Sunday, February 06, 2011

Dale McCormick, author, women's rights activist on KSCL at 5 pm Mon, Feb 7

Dale McCormick
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Dale McCormick has spent over two decades fighting for jobs, economic justice, health care for all, human rights, and equality for women, says Centenary College.

McCormick arrives to speak at Centenary and on A Better Shreveport's live radio show on Mon, Feb 7, at 5 pm.

On Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30 at Cohabitat on 610 Commerce St., Centenary College and the Green Mixers are sponsoring an open forum on green construction technologies. Says Loren Demerath, "We're having local businesses talk about what they offer over wine and cheese, but the highlight is international expert, Dale McCormick, who's visiting Centenary for the week, talk about how the technologies might be used and marketed."

A carpenter and contractor for 30 years, Ms. McCormick was the first woman in the country to complete a carpentry apprenticeship with the carpenters' union, and she is a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union. In 1988, she founded Women Unlimited, a program that successfully trains women on welfare to compete for high-paying jobs in trade and technical occupations.

She served in the State of Maine Senate, chairing the Banking & Insurance Committee and writing health care reform legislation. She co-founded and became the first president of the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance (now Equality Maine). She was the first woman to be elected State Treasurer in 1996 and today is the Director of the Maine State Housing Authority.

Her two books, Against the Grain: A Carpentry Manual for Women, and Housemending: Home Repair For The Rest of Us, join her many published articles on energy efficiency, health care, and civil rights.

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