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Program April 9 on Bay Area immigrant women; final week of "Women of the World'' art exhibit

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Drawing upon its rich tradition of community education, the International Museum of Women is sponsoring a free special program on Wednesday, April 9 entitled "Women of the World in the Bay Area: Immigrant Struggles and Challenges" at the Presidio's Officer's Club in San Francisco. The histories and contemporary issues of identity, civic participation, politics and workers' rights of women who have immigrated to the Bay Area will be discussed by a panel of experts. The International Museum of Women also announces that this is the final week for the general public to attend the acclaimed Women of the World: A Global Collection of Art exhibit.

Beginning at 7:00 p.m., moderator, Karen Offen, Ph.D. Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Stanford University will facilitate presentations by four distinguished experts in the rights, challenges and successes of Bay Area immigrant women. Additionally, many organizations currently working with Bay Area immigrant women will be onsite with further information.

"Women of the World in the Bay Area" complements the powerful traveling exhibit entitled Women of the World: A Global Collection of Art which consists of works of art by women from 177 different countries in response to the question "What image represents women?" Docent led tours of the Women of the World exhibit will precede the program at 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Women of the World: A Global Collection of Art runs through Sunday, April 13, 2003 and is exhibited at the Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue, The Presidio, San Francisco CA. Hours are Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Closed Mondays. Admission free.

For more information about panelists, the exhibit or the museum please visit www.imow.org.

For additional information, please contact Kristin Greene, Ruder Finn/Switzer 415/249-6762 or greenek@ruderfinnswitzer.com

About the International Museum of Women

The International Museum of Women is a world-class cultural and educational institution planned for San Francisco. Operating under a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council comprised of community leaders, businesswomen, elected officials, civic philanthropists, arts patrons, historians and educators, it will be the only international museum exclusively dedicated to chronicling and honoring the lives of women worldwide. The Museum will engage women and men of all ages intellectually and emotionally -- provoking them to question the status quo through an examination of social order, cultural structures and identity. The exhibits and events will produce new perspectives based on feminist scholarship in history and the arts and sciences. The Museum embraces the responsibility of bringing together different voices to stimulate thought, discussion and action as it strives to be a community-oriented experience that is imaginative, innovative, provocative and fun. For more information visit www.imow.org.

Run dates: 2003-04-07 - 2003-04-14

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