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Feminist author Nies to speak at Salem State

Posted by Sean Teehan  March 16, 2011 12:27 PM

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In celebration of Women's History Month, Salem State University will host feminist author Judith Nies for a reading this month.

Nies, a Swampscott native, will read excerpts from her 2008 memoir, "The Girl I Left Behind," at the George H. Ellison Campus Center at Salem State on March 30, said Kathleen McDonald, the executive administrator for Salem State's Center for the Arts.

"I actually stumbled upon her book myself," McDonald said of Nies' memoir.

The book details Nies' experience during the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s as women worked toward a societal standing equal to men.

"I was just blown away from how her own life reflects all the progress that was made in the 60s and 70s," McDonald said.

With March as Women's History Month upon us, McDonald said the feminist movement of that era remains a relevant piece of history to women today.

"I think that younger women today and girls do not realize how recent women's history is and how profound the changes that have been made over the past 40 years" are.

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