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ABC's Lynn Sherr -Women making progress

April 03, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The women's movement as resulted in some of the most widespread changes in society, from the way couples share household duties to the focus on sexual harrassment, said ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr.

"The problem is, it's never over," Sherr said of women's fight for equal rights.

One of the biggest examples continues to be women's wages, according to Sherr, who spoke at a women's leaders conference Thursday night at Shepherd College.

Although pay between men and women is becoming more equal, women still earn about 70 cents to every dollar paid to men, said Sherr, correspondent for "20/20" news magazine.

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Sherr was invited to speak at the fourth annual "Women as Leaders Conference," an event designed to honor outstanding women students at Shepherd. Students who were selected to participate in the conference this year were invited to meet with Sherr personally before the veteran television reporter spoke later in the evening at the College Center.

Sherr has handled a number of news beats over the years, including the NASA shuttle program and a reporter for "World News Tonight," but she has always kept a close eye on the women's movement. She has chronicled the movement since she was an Associated Press reporter in the 1970s, and she is an author and co-author of two books about Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women's suffrage movement in the United States.

"Failure is impossible, Susan B. Anthony in her own words," the most recent of the two books, is a biography Sherr wrote about Anthony. The second book was "Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A Guide to American Women's Landmarks."

Sherr said it is important to remember Anthony's battle for voting rights because her efforts are unknown to many people. People have forgotten how much hatred stemmed from the suffrage movement and how women didn't get their voting rights until 1920, said Sherr.

Students in the Women as Leaders Conference said they are worried about equal rights for women as they prepare to enter the workforce. Some said they know they are facing more opportunities compared to past generations, but they still feel held back.

"My family was always pushing me that you are just the same as everyone," said Elizabeth Atkins, president of the senior class at Shepherd. "It's hard for me to accept that."

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