CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY with UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Exploring New Horizons for Societal Change
Friday, March 28, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (EDT)
Celebrating the Council's 125-year history, this conference looks back at the 19th century and ahead into the 21st century, recognizing that, though much may have been accomplished, there is still much to do!
Join emerging and established leaders, dignitaries from government including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and members from affiliated organizations in addressing these critical concerns. In addition, the Council's distinguished Susan B. Anthony Award will be given to Dr. Eleanor Baum, who, in 1984 became the first female dean of an engineering school in the US.
Why should you come? Because equality requires eternal vigilance. All concerned citizens are called to action.
The morning keynote speaker, Dr. Martha Burk, will address issues hot in the day of the suffragists - the power of the women's vote, voting rights today, and women's impact on issues of pay equity, access, and other concerns that make a difference in women's lives. Martha Burk is a political psychologist and women's issues expert is currently Host/Producer of Equal Time with Martha Burk, a weekly national public affairs radio commentary originating at KSFR public radio in Santa Fe. She is Director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), one of the nation’s largest coalitions of women’s groups, collectively representing ten million women. She also serves as the Money Editor for Ms. Magazine, and she is a frequent front page blogger for Huffington Post.
She will be interviewed by Rita Henley Jensen, managing editor of Women'seNews, an award-winning on-line news source for women's issues.
Panelists will address
- Modern-day Slavery - violence against women and trafficking
- The Business Case for Women's Economic Empowerment -inclusion, equal pay, transparency, technology, and the UN's Women's Empowerment Principles
- Women Giving Back - funding and supporting women's programs
- Challenges for the Next Generation - education, employment, STEM, relationships and leadership.
The afternoon's keynoter, Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner. Dr. Wagner, one of the first women to receive a doctorate in Women's Studies, will address the historical relationship among the early suffragists, the issues they faced, and how their experience directly affects us today. Wagner, the Founding Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter of woman’s rights history. Wagner has taught in women’s studies for forty-four years. She currently serves as adjunct faculty in the Honors Program at Syracuse University.
Lynn Sherr, award-winning ABC News broadcaster and author of Failure is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony, In Her Own Words is the emcee for the day and will introduce Wagner. Sherr spent more than thirty years with ABC News, covering a wide range of stories – from women's issues and social change to investigative reports, politics and the space program – at “20/20” and World News. She continues to broadcast on a variety of platforms, to write for magazines and online, and to lecture across the country. In June, her new biography, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, will be published.
Interspersed with these presentations will be historic speeches from Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Two young people will give their expectations for registering and voting.
Following the conference at 6:30 PM, a Reception will be held to celebrate the National Council and the International Council's establishment. Awardees and conference presenters, dignitaries from the United Nations and invited guests join VIP and Reception ticket holders for an exciting evening at the Mission of South Africa, 333 E. 38th Street.
The conference is supported in part by The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art, Abigail Disney, the Walter C. and Leslie E. Wright Fund, and others. See more details on the Council's blog: ncwus.blogspot.com. Sponsorships can be arranged by contacting the Council.
The Council regrets that it cannot offer refunds for tickets purchased.
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Youth Representatives of the National Council of Women of the US
Initiated by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1888, the Council continues to address the issues challenging women and girls today. Our mission for this event is to implement Section 3 and 5 of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations which encompass women's health and wellness and gender equality.
The Council is the oldest nonpartisan, nonsectarian, voluntary women's organization in the US. It retains 501(c)3 nonprofit status and is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. It also holds affiliation with the United Nations Department of Public Information.