LEWISTON – The Bates College Republicans will host Virginia Republican Party Chairman Kate Obenshain Griffin on the topic “Failure of Feminism” at Bates College on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture will be in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives. The event is free and open to the public.

Griffin’s talk will focus on her activism on behalf of conservative causes and women, and why the modern Republican Party best represents American women, said Emily Taylor, women’s outreach director of the Bates College Republicans.

Named by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of the rising stars in the Republican Party, Griffin garnered national attention when she orchestrated a grassroots movement to fight Democratic Gov. Mark Warner’s efforts to raise taxes on Virginians in 2003.

Griffin served as education and health policy adviser for U.S. Sen. George Allen when he was the governor of Virginia. Griffin now serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Young America’s Foundation.

She recently founded and is co-chairwoman of a political leadership training program in Virginia for women. She is the co-founder of James 1:27 Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to widows and orphans in times of crisis.