Monthly Branch Program, October 2014

October 8 (Wednesday), 10:00 AM“Public Policy & Women’s Power” – Shirley Franklin, Austin Woman’s Club, 708 San Antonio St; Contact: Dr. Carol Fritz

Dr. Shirley Franklin spoke powerfully of her onetime roles as City Manager, working with Mayor Andrew Young of Atlanta, Georgia, and of her own 9 years as Mayor of Atlanta. She called herself the “sewer mayor” because she tackled the many violations of the Clean Water Act in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, working hard to make it “green.”  She lightly touched on her background which is replete with accolades and honors, including a 2005 “Profiles in Courage Award”, to talk about pay equity.  She argued that a woman applying for a job should “ask for as much salary as she can get her mouth to say.”  She mentioned working with the US Olympics Committee and making a fairly outrageous salary demand which they agreed to pay because they wanted her.  

She is currently serving as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and  Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and plans to be in Austin for another year. She wowed her audience of 42 admirers on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.