The University of Toledo Disability Studies Program will present the acclaimed feminist artist, disability rights activist and author Harilyn Rousso Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 5:45 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 1210.Rousso will read from her memoir, Don’t Call Me Inspirational: A Disabled Feminist Talks Back.
In a review, feminist icon Gloria Steinem raved, “I’ve known Harilyn Rousso as a powerful activist and gifted artist, but with this revelatory book, she becomes something even rarer: a storyteller who conveys her uniqueness and so helps us to discover our own. Don’t Call Me Inspirational is irresistible to read, honest, insightful and universal.”
Rousso is a psychotherapist and founder of the Networking Project for Disabled Women and Girls of the YWCA/NYC, a pioneering mentoring program that has been replicated widely. She is also president of Disabilities Unlimited Consulting Services, which provides education and training on disability equity issues.
In 2003, Rousso was selected by the National Women’s History Project as an honoree for National Women’s History Month.
She is a former board member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the Center for Women Policy Studies, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Sister Fund and Educational Equity Concepts, and a former commissioner with the New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Rousso’s free, public reading is co-sponsored by the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.