Nationally known women's rights attorney to speak at Transylvania

Sarah Weddington, nationally known for her work on issues affecting women in her roles as an attorney, legislator, presidential assistant and professor, will speak at Transylvania University on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center's Carrick Theater. Her talk, "Some Leaders are Born Women!" is free and open to the public.

In 1973, Weddington successfully argued the winning side of the landmark Roe v. Wade case before the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a former member of the Texas House of Representatives, and she was general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1977, the first woman to ever hold that position. She also was an assistant to President Jimmy Carter.

Weddington practices law in Austin, and she is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas in Austin. She is author of the best-seller, A Question of Choice, a memoir of her experience arguing the Roe v. Wade case.