Patricia Ireland was born on October 19,1945 and is an American administrator and feminist.
13 Facts About Patricia Ireland
Patricia Ireland served as president of the National Organization for Women from 1991 to 2001 and published an autobiography, What Women Want, in 1996.
Patricia Ireland's parents are James Ireland, a metallurgical engineer, and Joan Filipek, a volunteer counselor and local director of Planned Parenthood.
Patricia Ireland grew up in Valparaiso, Indiana, and graduated from Valparaiso High School at the age of sixteen in 1962.
Patricia Ireland began studying at DePauw University and married Don Anderson, a student at Ball State University, and the couple transferred to the University of Tennessee.
Patricia Ireland quickly divorced her first husband and received her bachelor's degree from the university in 1966.
Patricia Ireland received a JD degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1975.
Patricia Ireland advocated extensively for the rights of poor women, gays and lesbians, and African-American women.
Patricia Ireland has advocated electing female candidates, and training people to defend clinics from anti-abortion protesters around the United States.
Patricia Ireland ran for re-election in 1993, winning with 671 votes against Efia Nwangaza, who received 235 votes.
Patricia Ireland published a book, What Women Want, in 1996.
In 2003, Patricia Ireland served for six months as the CEO of the YWCA.
In October 2003, Patricia Ireland was dismissed after refusing to step down, although YWCA spokespeople denied that conservative pressure was a factor in the decision.