Event puts famous women in spotlight

Michael Chamberlain

Staff Writer

A TV anchorwoman, an editor for the Houston Chronicle, University of Houston administrators and other prominent Houston-area women attended a fundraising gathering sponsored by the Friends of the UH Women's Studies Program, Wednesday.

The event, called "Table Talk," allowed those paying the hefty $50 entry fee to talk over lunch with women who have been successful in their professions.

Approximately two dozen "guest conversationalists" led discussions, one at each table, on a variety of topics. A spray of red balloons was attached to each chair occupied by a discussion leader.

Topics included discussions on women's participation in sports, the media and business; children who have fallen through the gaps in the social safety net; and support networks for women in contemporary society.

Guest conversationalists included Shern Min Chow, weekend anchor on KHOU-TV; Jan Woodward Fox, first woman to head the Texas Trial Lawyers' Association; Sybil Todd, vice chancellor of the UH System; Susan Bischoff, assistant managing editor at the Chronicle; and Lois Zamora, dean of the College of Humanities, Fine Arts and Communication.

The event, held at the Athletic/Alumni Facility, raised roughly $10,000, according to women's studies director Elizabeth Gregory.

Proceeds will benefit the Women's Archive and Research Center at UH, which was established in 1996 to collect, preserve and share the stories of women's contributions to Texas and Houston.

The center has an exhibit highlighting its work on display on the first floor of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. The exhibit will be shown until March 31.

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