McCormick to address equality issues

Dale McCormick, an activist and former state senator, will visit Hanover College’s campus Jan. 26-31, as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program. McCormick’s extended visit will include a public address as well as classroom interaction with Hanover students and staff.

The presentation, “Marriage Equality in 15 states, but Discrimination in Indiana,” will take place Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in room 107 of the Lynn Center for Fine Arts. It is open to the public free of charge.

A former state senator from Maine, McCormick has spent more than three decades fighting for jobs, economic justice, healthcare for all, human rights and equality for women. A carpenter and contractor for 30 years, she also is the founder of Women Unlimited, which trains women on welfare to compete for high-paying jobs in trade and technical occupations.

McCormick was elected to Maine’s state senate in 1990 and served for three terms, eventually chairing the banking and insurance committee and writing healthcare reform legislation.

In 1996, she became the first woman elected to the state treasurer’s office and served for eight years. In 2005, the governor appointed McCormick director of the Maine State Housing Authority.

In the mid-1980s, she co-founded and became the first president of the Maine Lesbian/Gay Political Alliance (now Equality Maine), which advocates statewide for civil rights and better treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people.

She also was a co-founder of Northeast Women in Transportation to educate women's organizations about opportunities for increasing the number of women and minorities in the construction industry.

McCormick was the first woman in the U.S. to complete an apprenticeship with the carpenters union and is a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union local 1996.

She has published two books, “Against the Grain: A Carpentry Manual for Woman” and “Housemending: Home Repair For The Rest of Us.”

McCormick’s visit is made possible by a grant from The German Marshall Fund of the U.S. to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The German Marshall Fund was established in 1972 by a gift from the Federal Republic of Germany to commemorate American postwar assistance under the Marshall Plan.