Laura X is the founder and was the director of the Women's History Research Center, in Berkeley, California, which was the first historical archive connected to the feminist movement. She founded the Center in 1968 after a UC-Berkeley professor expressed doubt that there was enough material on women to fill a quarter's course in history.
She created the National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape (NCMDR) in 1978 as a project of the Women's History Research Center to document rape laws in the United States that entitled men to rape their wives and dates.
As an individual, she campaigned successfully for the repeal of date and marital rape exemptions from prosecution, which were in the laws of 45 states, in federal and military law, in laws of Guam, as well as in the laws of 20 other countries, from 1978 through June 1993 for the United States, and until 2004 elsewhere, when she retired and closed NCMDR.
The event will entail a panel discussion with associate director of the Center for Women & Community, Becky Lockwood, and executive director of Safe Passage, Marianne Winters. The panelists will have a dialogue on current legal and societal strategies to address date rape.
Safe Passage is a co-sponsor of the event.