Arvonne Fraser to Speak at Spring Author Day

Posted on May 2nd, 2008 by

Arvonne Fraser will speak at this year’s Spring Author Day.

Arvonne Fraser will speak at this year’s Spring Author Day.

Women’s human rights advocate Arvonne Fraser will speak at the Gustavus Library Associates’ Spring Author Day at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 14 at the Edina Country Club. Fraser, a Minnesota farm girl who became a founding mother of the worldwide women’s movement, will speak about her spirited memoir, She’s No Lady: Politics, Family, and International Feminism.

In She’s No Lady, Fraser recounts her Depression-era upbringing on a farm near Lamberton, Minn. She describes her courageous journey to the city in search of work, and her discovery of both the University of Minnesota and the world of politics.

Fraser was heavily involved in the growing movement of American women to gain political influence and secure rights for themselves. She headed or helped form numerous national women’s organizations, turned her skills to the international arena when she was appointed to head the Women in Development office of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and capped her career as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Guests are asked to RSVP for this event by Wednesday, May 7 by calling the Gustavus Office of College Relations at 507-933-7520. Cost for this event is $20 and includes a brunch and an opportunity to have a book signed by Fraser. Registration on the day of the event will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Hard-cover editions of She’s No Lady are available for $25 at the Gustavus Book Mark by calling 507-933-6017 or by emailing Judy Schultz at

Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) is a friends-of-the-college organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the college’s Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. Since organizing in 1977, GLA has raised more than $2.5 million for the library endowment fund, acquisitions, and non-budgeted special collections.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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