Reproductive Rights will be Topic of Constitution Day Talk at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—Ithaca College will recognize Constitution Day 2013 with a presentation led by longtime feminist activist Zillah Eisenstein on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. Titled “Reproductive Justice: Celebrating and Defending ‘Roe’ at 40,” the event is free and open to the public.

An activist since the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973, Eisenstein is a professor emerita of politics and Distinguished Scholar of Anti-Racist Feminist Political Theory at Ithaca College.

“Girls and women’s rights to their bodies — to choose, and decide, and control what happens to them -- is at the core of our ethical and reproductive lives,” says Eisenstein. “As the new ‘wars’ to control the access and legality of abortion and conception continue, it is more important than ever that reproductive justice remains at the center stage of struggles for democracy.”

Eisenstein’s daughter, Dr. Sarah Eisenstein Stumbar, will join the presentation via video to discuss the current challenges that doctors face trying to protect the reproductive rights of female patients.

Eisenstein is the author of nearly a dozen books, including “The Female Body and the Law,” which was awarded the Victoria Schuck Book Prize from the American Political Science Association in 1988 as the year’s best book on women and politics. Among other honors, she has been presented with the Eminent Scholar Award from the International Studies Association.

Stumbar is currently a resident physician in the Department of Social and Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

Constitution Day is an annual observance that commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution. On or around that day, all educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the U.S. Constitution.

The Ithaca College Constitution Day event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Educational Affairs, the Department of Politics, the women’s studies program and the Park Center for Independent Media.

For additional information, contact Beth Harris, associate professor of politics, at or (607) 274-3517.

Ithaca College will recognize Constitution Day with a presentation by Zillah Eisenstein and her daughter, Dr. Sarah Eisenstein Stumbar.