Gordy Honors Forum presents 'It's My Vote. I Will Be Heard'

October 27, 2012 6:43:14 PM



The Gordy Honors College at Mississippi University for Women will host Elizabeth Crowell on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. as part of the Honors Forum Speakers Series.  


Crowell will speak on the topic "It's My Vote. I Will Be Heard." The presentation begins at 6pm in Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the campus of MUW. It is free and open to the public. 


The "It's My Vote. I Will Be Heard" campaign is focused on making sure millennial (age 18-31) women know what's at stake for them on issues that are critical to women and girls in this November's elections. 


These important issues include access to affordable birth control, college affordability, women's employment and the gender wage gap.  


Crowell commented, "Women are 51 percent of the population, and we deserve to have our issues addressed and voices heard." 


Crowell is the field organizer for the State of Mississippi American Association of University Women (AAUW) "It's My Vote" Impact Grant. She is responsible for coordinating with volunteer leadership on all aspects of voter education, registration and voter turnout. She will speak about her role in AAUW, AAUW's positions on key issues relevant to college students, and the importance of getting involved in the political process.  


"I have worked with Elizabeth since this summer and have been very impressed with her energy and her passion about the need to get involved," said Dr. Beverly Joyce, president of the Columbus/MUW branch of AAUW.  


Crowell is an attorney practicing in Jackson. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi Law School and has been admitted to the Mississippi State Bar as well as the Tennessee State Bar. She serves as a lobbyist for Common Cause Mississippi, which advocates for legislation concerning good, open government. Crowell also lobbies for Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information and serves as its vice president. She is also a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Jackson Young Lawyers, Delta Theta Phi and Capital Area Bar Association.  


The Honors Forum presentation is part of a series of activities planned by the Columbus/MUW branch of AAUW as part of the "It's My Vote" campaign. Beginning in the summer, the branch has held voter registration drives on campus, a Debate Watch Party for the third presidential debate, and will complete its activities with a phone bank to encourage millennial generation women to vote.