When Helen Zia first visited Princeton, the campus was shut down in protest of the war in Vietnam and for racial equality. She dove into Princeton life, joining a sit-in at Firestone that led to the now Carl Fields Center, being a founder of the AASA, traveling to the People’s Republic of China in 1972. After Princeton, she went to medical school and quit after two years to work as a construction laborer, autoworker and community organizer, after which she discovered her life’s work as a writer. As an award-winning investigative reporter, she covered date rape when the concept was new, and women in neo-Nazi/white supremacist groups while she was executive editor of “Ms.” magazine. She has published three books, the latest due out in January. Zia’s efforts for human rights includes carrying the Olympic torch in 2008 and serving as an expert witness in the landmark marriage equality case that was decided in the Supreme Court; she has been married three times, all to her wife Lia.