Dr. Weddington retired from teaching after 28 years as a professor at The University of Texas. She loved working with her students and continues to miss that opportunity to work with bright, capable young people. When she was teaching, she taught two classes, “Gender-Based Discrimination” and “Leadership in America”. The first class was planned for students interested in attending law school who had attained a 3.5 or above GPA undergraduate standing. The second was a class open to senior students who had demonstrated volunteer leadership and who were likely to be involved in public, issue-oriented, and political leadership after their graduation.
After leaving teaching, Dr. Weddington continued a hectic schedule. In 2013 she was featured on the cover of Ms. Magazine and on the front page of The Dallas Morning News and The Abilene Reporter News.
During 2013 Dr. Weddington was featured in the PBS series called Makers, Women Who Make America.
Weddington continues to be a frequent speaker for groups who are eager to advance and protect women and their rights. In April, 2013 she spoke for the Planned Parenthood of the Shasta Pacific in Northern California and accepted its Acts of Courage Award. That same year NOW (National Organization for Women) of New York City presented her its Feminist Visionary Award. She was the featured speaker for the Women’s Leadership Luncheon at McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, in March, 2014. She spoke for the annual gala of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England in Stanford, Conn. and for commencement at the CUNY School of Law in New York where she was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree and closed out 2014 speaking for the Democratic Women of Knoxville at its luncheon titled “I am Woman; Hear Me Roar”.
Highlights of 2015 included being the primary speaker for the February American Bar Foundation meeting in Houston and being the special speaker for Leadership California (LC) during its meeting in Washington, D.C. The group met in the U.S. Supreme Court courtroom and listened as Weddington acted out the 1971 and 1972 hearings regarding Roe v. Wade.
Ms. Magazine called her a “fierce feminist warrior” as part of an article about her in a 2015 issue. Weddington spoke for the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder in 2015, at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and for an event honoring Dr. Warren Hern in Boulder.
On December 21, 2015 C-SPAN did a 90-minute feature on Roe v. Wade, naming it a “Landmark Case” and one of the 10 most important U.S. Supreme Court cases. Ms. Weddington was featured as the video had photos and audio recordings of her.