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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – (March 12, 2004) – Tidewater Community College’s Women’s Center has assembled an illuminating lineup of speakers for its Spring Lecture Series, Women as Caretakers: Tradition, Challenges and Changes. Ann Crittenden, award winning journalist and author of The Price of Motherhood, is the keynote speaker in the series. Her talk, on March 16 at 7 p.m., will be held at the Virginia Beach campus Pungo Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Ann Crittenden was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a series on world hunger while a reporter for the New York Times. She was also a financial writer and foreign correspondent for Newsweek, a reporter for Fortune, a visiting lecturer at MIT and Yale, and executive director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism in Washington, D.C. Her latest book, The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in The World Is Still the Least Valued, exposes the vast inequality and staggering costs of motherhood in the United States.

TCC’s Women’s Center – celebrating its 10th anniversary – chose the topic of caregiving for its continuing impact on today’s society. Women have held the role of caregivers throughout history, often with great courage and at great cost. Some have used this role to reach a wider level of society, influencing institutional and governmental policies.

The final lecture in the series will be The Honorable Winship Tower, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of Virginia Beach, who will speak on April 29, 12:30 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Campus, Cafeteria Annex. Judge Tower served on the Joint Subcommittee of the Virginia General Assembly to Study the Establishment of a Domestic Relations Division in the Judicial Circuits of the Commonwealth. She has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a “Woman of Distinction” by the YWCA of South Hampton Roads.

Women As Caregivers: Tradition, Challenges and Changes is free and reservations are not required. For more information call the Women’s Center at 757-822-1538 or go to

Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. The 37 th largest in the nationís 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. † Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-three percent of the regionís residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC.