Gender politics speaker Lois Jenson to present at Coe College

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or

2007-08-23 13:25:25 - General

Lois Jenson, whose life story is the inspiration behind the hit film, "North Country," will speak at Coe College on Tuesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium.  Jenson will discuss gender politics and how her courage and determination made a difference in the national fight against discrimination.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  Tickets can be obtained at the door or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In 1975, Jenson became one of the first four women to work in the iron mines of northern Minnesota, where she faced constant sexual harassment, discrimination, and even violence at the hands of both union and management personnel.  Jenson and several other women fought back against the male-dominated establishment, filing the first class action sexual harassment suit in the United States.  Brutalized by the courts, Jenson embarked on a 25-year legal journey to restore her dignity and her livelihood.  In the end, her sacrifices and triumphs altered the legal landscape, forging a pathway for others to fight discrimination.  With this victory, Jenson proved that with strong will and determination, anyone can rise above the fray and achieve the impossible.

Jensen's topics include her personal struggle for justice, taking action against discrimination and abuse, and sexual harassment in the United States.

For more information on the event, call 399-8600.