(HARRISBURG, PA)--The Board of Directors of Keystone Progress is honored to announce that the winner of the 2013 Anna Burger Award is Kate Michelman. Kate is one of the most respected and influential women leaders in America today.
She will receive the award and speak at the 2013 Pennsylvania Progressive Summit in Harrisburg on March 2. The Anna Burger Award is given to a Pennsylvanian who has dedicated his or her life to promoting progressive values.
For nearly 20 years, she served as President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, catapulting the organization to prominence as the nation's premier reproductive rights group--an achievement that has earned her a reputation as a nationally recognized expert not only on women's issues but also on grassroots organizing and strategic organizational development. Under Kate's leadership, NARAL Pro-Choice America transformed the political debate and positioned a woman's right to choose as a fundamental American liberty. She has also been a professor, consultant and author.
Michelman joins an incredible lineup at the PA Progressive Summit, the largest gathering of progressive activists in Pennsylvania. This year's Summit will be at the Harrisburg Hilton on March 2. Other highlights of this year's Summit include:
- David Cobb, national spokesperson for Move to Amend will talk about the need to amend the Constitution to define "persons" as human beings, not corporations;
- Rep. Raul Grijalva (D, AZ) will bring word from the Progressive Caucus in Congress;
- More than three dozen workshops, panels and other sessions with nearly 100 presenters;
- All 3 PA Row Officers--Atty. Gen. Kathleen Kane, Aud. Gen. Eugene DePasquale and Treas. Rob McCord--speaking at lunch;
- Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) Campaign Academy
- More at www.paprogressivesummit.org
The Anna Burger Award is named after the former Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union and Chair of the Change to Win Federation. Ms. Burger was the first woman to lead an American labor federation.
Michelman, who first honed her organizing skills in the civil-rights movement, dedicated her life to women's equality and health with a focus on reproductive freedom after her own humiliating experience with a pre-Roe v. Wade abortion in 1969 when abortion was largely illegal. In order to obtain a hospital "therapeutic" abortion to avoid injury and possible death in a back-alley procedure, she was required by law to obtain the consent of the husband who had deserted their family as well as a hospital panel comprised entirely of men.
Prior to joining NARAL Pro-Choice America in 1985, Michelman was executive director of Planned Parenthood in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she expanded the range of reproductive health services available in the area. She also trained medical students and residents in child development as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. She has also been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Prior winners of the Anna Burger Award are Eileen Connelly (2010), Anne Feeney (2011) and Marylou Stefanko (2012)