KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 17, 2003 -- Myrth York, the first woman Democratic candidate for governor in Rhode Island and, in 1994, the first person to defeat an incumbent governor during a primary, will speak about women and politics at the University of Rhode Island on Thursday, Oct. 23. Her talk, free and open to the public, will be held in URIs White Hall Auditorium, Kingston Campus at 7 p.m. A reception will follow. The talk is the ninth Annual Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Lecture on Womens Studies.
York was a Rhode Island state senator from 1991 through 1994 and the first woman to chair the Senate Health, Education, and Welfare Committee and also served on the Senate Corporations Committee. She was a member of the Minority Business Enterprise Commission and the Permanent Legislative Oversight Committee on the Department for Children Youth and Families. Her legislative priorities included tough ethics reform, sensible and compassionate solutions to the states budget challenges, sound and accountable economic development, and environmental protection. She was an advocate for womens reproductive rights and civil rights.
York was the Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island in 1994, 1998, and 2002. In 2002, she won a hotly contested Democratic Primary. Currently, she is an officer and director of York Resources, Inc., a family-owned investment company.
York is the recipient of numerous awards including the United Ways Legislator of the Year Award, the Claiborne Pell Award for outstanding service to the arts and people with disabilities, the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Rhode Island Community Health Centers, and the Womens Political Caucus Barbara Colt Award.
She earned a law degree and a master of laws in taxation from Boston University School of Law. She taught at URI in 2000 and was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1999.
Her visit to URI celebrates the 10th National Young Womens Action Day and is sponsored by URIs Womens Studies Program, Student Affairs, and the Womens Center. For more information, call 874-5150.