Former legislator, lawyer and professor Sarah Weddington, best known as the defense lawyer in Roe V. Wade, has been informed she will be losing her position as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas, Austin. Weddington, a victim of university budget cuts, is currently teaching what will ultimately be her final class at the school this spring.
Via The Daily Texan:
After 23 years at the University and more than a dozen state and national leadership awards, UT officials told Weddington, an adjunct professor in the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, that she would no longer have a job at the end of the spring semester.
Weddington said she was aware of the looming budget crisis but was surprised to hear her position was in jeopardy.
“I always thought that tenure for me was not that important because I thought as long as you were really good at what you do and did a lot to work with your students, you’d be OK,” she said. “Now I know I was wrong.”
According to the University website, the Center for Women and Gender Studies has over 250 faculty affiliates. It’s a shame they felt that the only cut possible was to remove an icon in women’s history.