Feb. 2, 2004

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor, female legislators to receive 'Women of Distinction' calendar at event

What: Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who is featured on the new 2004 "KU Women of Distinction" calendar, will join the Kansas Legislature's 46 female legislators at a luncheon Tuesday to establish an honorary Statehouse Girl Scout troop.

The governor and all the female legislators will receive copies of the calendar as part of the induction ceremony. Sadie Callen, a senior at Free State High School in Lawrence who plans to attend the University of Kansas this fall, will conduct the ceremony.

When: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3

Where: Second floor, Statehouse rotunda, Topeka

What is the "KU Women of Distinction" calendar?
The new poster-calendar features photos of 11 women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees at KU along with two faculty members, several administrators and Sebelius, a 1977 KU graduate. It highlights the accomplishments made by female students and faculty -- and KU's leading role in women's issues. It includes biographies, calendar grids for the spring and summer semesters, and summaries of KU milestones. These highlight the creation of women's studies and the Hilltop Child Development Center, and areas in which KU leads the nation, notably that KU's sociology department offered the first course in the nation in the field now known as women's studies.

KU's Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center led the effort to develop the calendar. Katherine Rose-Mockry, director of the center, assembled a campuswide committee last summer to explore an idea suggested to her by Elizabeth Topp, professor of pharmaceutical chemistry. More than 25 campus offices and local individuals contributed to the project.

For the names of the women featured on the calendar, please visit www.ur.ku.edu/News/04N/JanNews/Jan27/calendar.html.

Kansas ranks 11th in the nation for the percentage of female legislators. There are 46 women in the 165-member Legislature -- 10 in the 40-member Senate and 36 in the House -- to compose 28 percent. Kansas ranked in the top 10 among the states from 1988 until 2002, when the Legislature lost nine female members. Sebelius is the state's second female governor. Kansas, Arizona and Texas are the only states to have elected more than one female governor.

Little known fact: KU and Harvard University are the only universities in the nation each to have two female graduates elected as a governor. KU's female governor grads are Sebelius and former Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull. Harvard's alums are Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts.

Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts offers girls ages 5 through 17 a variety of opportunities to develop strong values and life skills and provides programs to meet girls' interests and needs. In Kansas, more than 45,000 girls benefit from these programs, with the guidance of more than 13,000 adult volunteers. Fundamental program goals are to help each girl develop to her full potential, with a strong emphasis on learning the value of community service.

The honorary Statehouse troop plans a number of activities, including sponsoring special events to address key issues facing girls and young women and service projects of particular significance to Kansas girls and women. Other highlights of members in the honorary troop include:

 • Serving as a role model for all girls in Kansas
 • Connecting Girl Scouts to policy issues important to girls and Girl Scouting
 • Collaborating with other organizations interested in addressing issues of concern and interest to girls and young women
 • Facilitating stronger relationships between Girl Scout Councils and the programs they provide and those in the state who might benefit from them

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