Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman’s March to the Governorship

photo of Gov. Barbara Roberts

Featuring former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts, author of a personal and political memoir by the same title. Governor Roberts is Oregon’s first (and only) woman governor, one of only thirty-four women who have served as state chief executives in the history of the United States. In her book and lecture, Governor Roberts offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a woman’s life in politics and aims to “demystify” leadership by telling the story of her own unlikely rise to power. 

The mother of an autistic child before the advent of special education, Governor Roberts began her life in public service as an advocate for the rights of children with disabilities. She documents her expanding political career from school board member to legislator to secretary of state and finally, governor.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing opportunity with Governor Roberts.

Part of the 2013-14 Public Affairs Speaker Series, "We the People? From Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall."

Cosponsored by the UO departments of Political Science and Women and Gender Studies, the Women’s Law Forum, and the Center for the Study of Women in Society.

Listen to Governor Roberts on OPB's Think Out Loud.