Andiron Lecture Series - Votes for Women – and Then What
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Room 252, Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN
Roberta Heiman’s career in journalism spanned 42 years, most of it in Evansville. Her work as an investigative reporter won state and national awards for shedding light on community issues as varied as air pollution and jail overcrowding, the failed child welfare system and medical malpractice. In retirement she has tackled another issue – the fact that women’s contributions to our community have been left out of local history books, which of course, were written by men. She was instrumental in creating “Herstory,” a play about women in 20th Century Evansville, and she has written extensively about Albion Fellows Bacon, Dr. Stella Boyd and other local heroines in history (including women in UE’s history.) In addition, she resurrected the Southwestern Indiana League of Women Voters, which had disbanded in the 1990s, and she was among the founders of Women Stepping Up, which encourages and helps prepare women to seek elective office and be active civically. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women. She attended Purdue University.
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