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Patricia Ireland

Born: Oct 19, 1945

Birthplace: Oak Park

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Patricia Ireland

Date of Birth : Oct 19, 1945
Birth Place : Oak Park

Patricia Ireland is a U.S. administrator and feminist. She served as president of the National Organization for Women, from 1991 to 2001 and published an autobiography, What Women Want, in 1996. As a teen, Ireland attended Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Indiana. She obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee in 1966 and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1975. She also attended Florida State University College of Law. Before beginning a career as an attorney, Ireland worked as a flight attendant for Pan Am. After discovering gender-based discrepancies in the treatment of insurance coverage for spouses of employees, Ireland brought a formal complaint and fought for a change in coverage. Her first victory came when the United States Department of Labor ruled in her favor, and she immediately began law school and performing volunteer work for the National Organization for Women. She has advocated extensively for the rights of poor women, gays and lesbians, and African women. She has also advocated electing female candidates, and training people to defend clinics from pro-life protesters around the United States.


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