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Patricia Ireland

Patricia Ireland (born October 19, 1945 in National Organization for Women, from 1991 to 2001 and published an autobiography, What Women Want, in 1996.

As a teen, Ireland attended Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, Indiana.[1] She obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee in 1966 and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1975.[2] She also attended Florida State University College of Law.

Before beginning a career as an

Preceded by
Molly Yard
President of the National Organization for Women
1991 - 2001
Succeeded by
Kim Gandy
  • Papers of NOW officer Patricia Ireland, 1972-2005. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

External links

  1. ^ Engelbert, Phillis (2001). Sawinski, Diane, ed. Activists, rebels and reformers. Detroit [u.a.]: UXL. p. 270.  
  2. ^ West's encyclopedia of American law. Minneapolis/St. Paul: West Group. 1998. p. 224.  
  3. ^ Kuersten, Ashlyn K., ed. (2003). Women and the law : leaders, cases, and documents. Santa Barbara, Calif. [u.a.]: ABC-Clio. p. 48.  
  4. ^ Schenken, Suzanne O'Dea, ed. (1999). From suffrage to the Senate : an encyclopedia of American women in politics. Santa Barbara, Calif. [u.a.]: ABC-Clio. p. 352.  
  5. ^ Thru the years - cover story. The words I use are the words I use. I have a companion, and she's very important in my life. The Advocate 1991-12-17. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  6. ^ Bruce, Tammy (2003). The new thought police inside the Left's assault on free speech and free minds. New York: Three Rivers Press. p. 124.  
  7. ^ Chandler, Robert (2008). Shadow World Resurgent Russia, the Global New Left, and Radical Islam. Washington DC: Regnery Publishing. p. 47.  
  8. ^ "Patricia Ireland fired from YWCA".  
  9. ^ Institute of Politics, Harvard University, ed. (2005). Campaign for President : the managers look at 2004. Lanham, Md. [u.a.]: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 17.  
  10. ^ Gutgold, Nichola D. (2006). Paving the way for Madam President. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. p. 152.  


In 2003, Ireland served for six months as the CEO of the YWCA. In October 2003, Ireland was dismissed after refusing to step down, although YWCA spokespeople denied that conservative pressure was a factor in the decision.[8] Following her dismissal from the YWCA, Ireland was former Senator Carol Moseley Braun's national campaign manager for her brief 2004 presidential bid.[9][10]

Immediately following Ireland's appointment to president of NOW, questions arose about her sexual orientation.[4] On December 17, 1991 she gave an interview with The Advocate, in which she stated that she was bisexual[5] and had a female companion while remaining married to her second husband. Ireland's romantic involvement with Pat Silverthorn, a longtime activist in the Socialist Workers Party, influenced her political views including continued support for the Communist party and participation in pro-Communist rallies.[6][7]

protesters around the United States. pro-life women. She has also advocated electing female candidates, and training people to defend clinics from African, and lesbians and gays She has advocated extensively for the rights of poor women, [3]

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