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Two professors will discuss women’s “second shift” of work within the home and other issues faced by working mothers at “Women and Work,” a brown bag noon today at Gagnon Lecture Hall (room 100), Hugel Science Center.

The free event is sponsored by Association for Lafayette Women. Lunch will be provided.

Susan Averett, associate professor and associate head of business and economics, will talk about the challenges for mothers who work outside the home compared to women who do not have children. Elizabeth McMahon, professor of mathematics, will talk about the “second shift,” which refers to the housework for which women are responsible in addition to their work outside the home.

The next Association for Lafayette Women event will be a debate on abortion between representatives of Planned Parenthood of Pensylvania and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists 5 p.m. Monday in Oechsle Hall.

ALW is a feminist organization dedicated to activism and education related to women’s issues. Last semester, the group sponsored a talk by Ellen Bravo, director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, about pay equity for women and welfare reform.

“This semester we are following up with this brown bag, which will introduce us to even more challenges that working women must confront,” says Amanda Roth ’04 (Easton, Pa.), co-president of ALW and a double major in philosophy and gender & racial issues. Roth is one of several EXCEL Scholars who have worked on a multiyear oral history project documenting the education and life experiences of African-American and women students at Lafayette from the late 1960s to early 1970s.

Other ALW officers are Kim Rubenfeld ’03, a psychology major from Somerset, N.J., co-president; Jessica Jamhoury ’03, a chemistry major from Frenchtown, N.J., secretary; Michael Lestingi, who is pursuing a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and an A.B. degree with majors in International Affairs and Russian & East European Studies, treasurer. Yvonne Osmun, secretary of the computer science, religion, and philosophy departments, serves as publicist.

Other ALW events this year have included a brown bag about “reinventing the feminist,” a discussion about the portrayal of black women in the media, and a performance by slam poet Alix Olson.

ALW also will organize its annual Take Back the Night event, which opposes violence against women.

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