Annual Conference 2008: Hitting the Ground Running
Please join leading scholars, researchers, advocates, and policy makers from across various disciplines and fields June 5-7, 2008 at the Kimmel Center at NYU for our Annual Conference. Share information and resources; learn about cutting edge and emerging research on women, gender, and girls; and strategize about ways to work across communities and fields of study.
This year’s conference themes will center around where women can have the most impact in the 2008 Presidential election and beyond, including research and policy issues that will need to be addressed with a new administration; challenges women in the academy confront—backlash, shrinking budgets, corporatization, conservative social pressures—and what can be done to counter them; and the implications of the intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, generation and other markers of difference for feminist scholarship, leadership, and activism, nationally and globally.
Deadline for Call for Papers and Presentations: February 15, 2008
For more information, please call 212.785.7335 ext. 202
or email email@example.com
•Click here to download the Registration Form (pdf, 268KB)
•Click here to download the Call for Proposals (pdf, 260KB)
•Click here to download the nomination form for Member Center Awards 2008 (pdf, 488KB)
Lynn Bolles, University of Maryland, College Park
Charlotte Bunch, Rutgers University
Kimberle Crenshaw, Columbia University
Stephanie Davis, Office of the Mayor, Atlanta
Kim Gandy, National Organization for Women
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College
Inez Hernandez-Avila, UC Davis
Pinar Ilkkaracan, Women for Women's Human Rights
Gloria Jacobs, The Feminist Press
Kate Kahan, National Partnership for Women and Families
Ruth Mandel, Rutgers University
Monique Mehta, Third Wave Foundation
Chandra Mohanty, Syracuse University
Sandra Morgen, Penn State University
Rupal Oza, Hunter College
Rosalind Petchesky, Hunter College
Kavita Ramdas, Global Fund for Women
Anne Runyan, University of Cincinatti
Ellie Smeal, The Feminist Majority
Kathy Spillar, Ms. Magazine
Abigail Stewart, University of Michigan
Deborah Thomas, University of Pennsylvania
Bonnie Thornton-Dill, University of Maryland, College Park
Susan Wefald, Ms. Foundation for Women
Marie Wilson, White House Project
Gina Wood, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Stacie Geller, University of Illinois, Chicago
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College
Ines Hernandez-Avila, UC Davis
Heather Johnston Nicholson, Girls Inc.
Annalisa Jenkins, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Julia Jordan-Zachary, Howard University
Lisa McClain, Boise State University
Shari Miles-Cohen, American Psychological Assoc.
Sandra Morgen, Penn State University
Cynthia Secor, HERS
Wendy Smooth, Ohio State University
Deborah Tsai-Munster, Merrill Lynch
The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU
Center for Research on Women at Barnard College
Shirley Chisholm Center for Research on Women at Brooklyn College
Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men at Hobart
and William Smith Colleges
The Center for the Study of Women and Society at CUNY
Marymount Institute for the Education of Women and Girls
Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University
Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University
The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at SUNY Albany
Institute for Women and Work, ILR School, Cornell University
NCRW Annual Conference 2008
Click here for the complete program (pdf, 92KB)
Thursday, June 5, 2008
|9:30 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.|
National Council for Research on Women Board of Directors Meeting(Members Only) Room 808
|2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.|
Research Action Groups
|This year, our Research Action Groups will engage in mini “think tank” sessions for researchers, advocates, policy analysts, and women leaders to identify key issues and concerns for women and girls within these critical issue areas and to formulate a research and policy agenda to impact change through collaborations and partnerships.|
•Science and Technology
•Diversity and Inclusion
|Room 803 |
|4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.|
Welcome and Opening PlenaryRoom 802
Stir it Up: Women's Activism Reframing Political Debates
The possibility of a woman or an African-American presidential candidate has galvanized voters and moved citizens to become more actively engaged in the political process. It has also provided real opportunities to place women’s issues and concerns on the national agenda. Join leading experts, thought leaders, and advocates as they discuss how issues need to be framed so they influence political debates at local, state, and national levels, and strategies for ensuring that women’s voices are heard and their votes counted in the upcoming election.
Ruth Mandel, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University (Moderator)
Kathy Bonk, Communications Consortium Media Center
|5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.|
Featured Guest Presentation
'Though the Heavens May Fall': Ida B. Wells, Violence, and Progressive Reform, a presentation by Paula J. Giddings
Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Afro-American Studies at Smith College and author of Ida B. Wells: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching.
|6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
Kimmel Center - Welcome Reception - Member Center AwardsRoom 914
Friday, June 6, 2008
|9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.|
Setting the Agenda for 2008 and Beyond: Bringing Women's Voices to the Center
In January 2008, the Council launched a public policy initiative focusing on critical issues facing women and girls in this election year, The Big Five: economic security, education, immigration, violence, and health. The Big Five campaign will feature and build on the work of our network of Member Centers. In this session, we will hear from researchers, policy analysts, and advocates on how these issues impact women and girls, and strategies to work across communities to bring analyses and solutions to the center of national debates and policies.
Linda Basch, National Council for Research on Women (Moderator)
Joan Entmacher, National Women’s Law Center
|11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.|
A-1 Critical Global Feminist Projects Today: Strategies for ActionRoom 914
The intensifying trends of globalization, neoliberal economic policies, religious fundamentalism, militarization and conflict create myriad challenges to the rights and security of women and girls worldwide, at the same time that women’s activism and leadership are expanding across the globe. Within this shifting frame, panelists will explore international feminist projects and the ways that feminist struggles are aligned worldwide, the challenges of working across global, cultural, and generational divides, and new sites of cooperation and global action.
Charlotte Bunch, Rutgers University, (Moderator)
Radhika Balakrishnan, Marymount Manhattan College
A-2 Diversity and Inclusion in Corporations and Academia: Sharing across BordersRoom 803
Diversity offices, many reporting to presidents and CEOs, are becoming increasingly important faces of corporations and universities. While seemingly different in many ways, the similarities these two sectors share suggest that lessons learned and best practices can be productively exchanged across these borders. In this session, academic and corporate chief diversity officers will discuss and assess their efforts to make diversity and inclusion core institutional values, and strategies for building more inclusive environments and workforces in the face of escalating globalization, economic uncertainty, and increasing competition for talent.
Subha Barry, Merrill Lynch (Moderator)
Ana Duarte McCarthy, Citigroup
A-3Women Changing the Sciences: New Strategies for Confronting Old ChallengesRoom 804
Despite three decades of activism by women scientists, power and decision-making within several critical scientific areas remain elusive to women. In this panel, leaders in efforts to disrupt these imbalances and the continuing patterns of inequality will identify key areas of current challenge to women in both academia and business and describe promising new strategies for changing these dynamics.
Stacie Geller, University of Illinois, Chicago (Moderator)
Annalisa Jenkins, Bristol-Myers Squibb
A-4 Strategic Philanthropy for the 21st Century: Innovative Models for Social and Political ChangeRoom 909
While women’s funds tend to be smaller than more established foundations, their efforts and grants are often more strategic, thoughtful, and responsive to evolving challenges. For example, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, women’s charities and foundations were able to provide immediate support and funding to women’s groups and organizations based on a shared sense of urgency and solidarity. This workshop will explore innovative models and strategies of giving, discuss how to maximize impact and leverage limited resources, in communities, and examine ways action-oriented research can facilitate women’s strategic philanthropy.
Ana Oliveira, New York Women's Foundation (Moderator)
Helen LaKelly Hunt, The Sister Fund
A-5 Raising Women’s Voices for Health CareRoom 903
In 2006, the U.S. census reported that 45 million Americans had no health insurance and that over one-third (36%) of families living below the poverty line were uninsured. This workshop will focus on health care reform and how women can impact policy at all levels of government and in communities. It will also explore emerging partnerships among women’s advocacy organizations across race and class boundaries to advocate for health care expansion that addresses the needs of women, families, and communities.
Amy Allina, National Women's Health Network
A-6 What Is Immigration Reform Today? Implications for Women, Families, and Public PolicyRoom 907
Over the last several years, the issue of immigration has figured prominently in U.S. national politics and has become a topic of concern for communities and cities across the country. While much attention has focused on pathways to citizenship, the cost of unauthorized migration to states and cities, and how to secure national borders, very little notice has been paid to the plight of women immigrants and the challenges they encounter, including their additional responsibilities as mothers and caregivers. This workshop will explore the impact of immigration on women and families, the role of the media in framing political stances, and strategies for framing comprehensive immigration reform and legislation in the United States.
Carol Hardy-Fanta, University of Massachusetts, Boston (Moderator)*
Katie Quan, Cornell University/University of California, Berkeley
A-7 Putting the Lens on Women's Health Issues: Critical ChallengesRoom 805
This workshop will explore the impact of autoimmune diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, on women’s quality of life and emotional well-being. It will also examine the different challenges women with autoimmune diseases and chronic illnesses face in rural and urban areas as well as identify effective models for advocacy, research, and support.
Patricia Antoniello, Brooklyn College (Moderator)
A-8 Movement Building to Ignite Change: Stories from the FieldRoom 910
Through interactive dialogue, this workshop will explore alliances across women’s and social justice organizations to build the kind of power needed for progressive change on a larger scale. Through specific examples from the field, this session will take a closer look at on-the-ground work to bring gender to the center of broader progressive organizing.
Pat Eng, Ms. Foundation for Women
A-9 In the Mix: Emerging Leaders Framing the AgendaRoom 808
What are the political, social, and policy priorities of a new generation of leaders who have a new set of gains and skills to leverage? What is their vision for the future and what strategies are they employing to make it happen? This interactive discussion will focus on the experiences, ideas, and vision of dynamic younger women leading organizations that are working on issues of poverty, economic security, reproductive rights, health care, racial justice, immigration, and human security.
Lisa Witter, Author, Fenton Communications (Moderator)
Julia Beatty, 21st Century Foundation
A-10 Transforming Higher Education: Access, Inclusion, and DiversityRoom 905
How can women’s leadership help transform institutional structures and practices in higher education to meet the needs of new generations of students and our changing society? With the U.S. becoming increasingly hetero- geneous and marketplaces increasingly global, colleges and universities are called on to prepare their students with the new competencies and understandings they need to be effective participants in the economy, our democracy, and society at large. Panelists will address the lessons gleaned from women’s successes in higher education, strategies for and models of institutional change, and ways participants can impact their own campuses.
Donna Shavlik, (Moderator)
Kathryn Peltier Campbell, Association of American Colleges and Universities
|1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.|
Lunch PlenaryRoom 914
Race, Gender & Presidential Politics, a moderated conversation by Carol Jenkins, President of the Women’s Media Center and Patricia Williams, the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University, “Mad Law Professor” columnist for the Nation, and author of The Alchemy of Race and Rights among other publications.
|3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
B-1 Just Above Water: The Economic Lives and Realities of Women and FamiliesRoom 905
There are 37 million people (12.6 percent) and 7.7 million families in the United States living in poverty. Of the families headed by single mothers 28.7 percent or 4.0 million are in poverty compared to 13.0% or 669,000 of single-headed households led my men. Women-headed households spend 41 percent of their average monthly household expenses on housing and food and have about one-half the income and less than one-third the wealth of U.S. households. This session will focus on women’s economic security in a time of tax cuts, impending recession, decreases in social programs and services, and a weak economy. Panelists will discuss how women are being impacted by the economic downturn and what can be done by advocates, researchers, and policy makers to help lift women out of poverty.
Jael Silliman, Ford Foundation (Moderator)
Mimi Abramovitz, Hunter College, CUNY
B-2 Transforming Corporate Environments: Women as Agents of ChangeRoom 803
The workforce has become increasingly diverse and global with women taking on prominent leadership roles in corporations and businesses. What difference do women in key leadership positions make? How can women serve as agents of change in the corporate arena and in their communities? What kinds of support systems and networks do women need to be successful in challenging and competitive environments? This panel, led by emerging leaders in the corporate arena and researchers in the academy, will explore these questions and more.
Meredith Moore, Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP (Moderator)
Lybra Clemons, American Express
B-3 Fresh Directions and New Possibilities: Working Across Campuses and Communities for Social Justice and Policy ChangeRoom 804
In this workshop, presenters will explore the connections between feminist scholarship and women’s movements for social justice through localized participatory action and community-based research. Two models, the Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Program at the University of Michigan and the Women of Color Policy Network at the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU will be presented.
Victoria Budson, Harvard University (Moderator)*
Aimee Meredith Cox, University of Michigan
B-4 Changing the Equation in Science, Math, Technology, and EngineeringRoom 805
Women comprise more than 50% of the population, yet they are absent from leadership positions across the sciences and in some fields like computer science and physics are in small numbers at all levels. This workshop will focus on programs and research studies designed to engage and advance women and underrepresented groups in the fields of science, math, technology and engineering in order to prepare them to compete in an increasingly global society. Participants will discuss issues related to professional equity and advancement; job satisfaction and retention; and models for collaboration, mentorship, and support.
Cecily Selby, New York University (Moderator)
Margaret Bailey, Rochester Institute of Technology
B-5 Where is the Cutting Edge of Feminist Research and Scholarship?Room 808
With the emergence and institutionalization of women and gender studies programs at major universities and colleges across the country, feminist research and scholarship has been an important means of documenting the diverse lived experiences of women and girls and formulating agendas for social and political change. What does the future of feminist research and scholarship look like in an increasingly global society? How can we ensure diversity and inclusiveness in our research methods, queries, and priorities?
Rupal Oza, Hunter College (Moderator)
Lynn Bolles, University of Maryland, College Park
B-6 A Woman's Place Is In the House -- of Representatives: Bella Abzug's Legacy to Future GenerationsRoom 914
Bella Abzug’s career spanned the great social justice movements of the 20th century, and she worked effectively for change both from the grassroots, building movements that engaged millions of people, and from positions of power as a Congresswoman, advisor to presidents, and leader at the UN. Her optimism, resilience, hard work, and indomitable spirit still serve as a model, and her strategic activism offers lessons today as we tackle the challenges of our own times. This discussion will explore some of those lessons and focus on Bella’s legacy to us as we confront war, poverty, injustice, and other pressing issues.
Mary Thom, Women’s Media Center (Moderator)
Liz Abzug, The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute
B-7 Growing Up Girl: What We Know and Need to Know about Adolescent SexualityRoom 909
Supporting and nurturing girls is essential for creating the next generation of strong, confident, visionary leaders. Participants and researchers from leading organizations and programs will discuss girls’ educa- tional, economic, social experiences as well as issues related to sexuality. The discussion will also focus on the conditions that support and/or hinder girls’ efforts to develop their personal, civic, and leadership skills and to become partners for social change.
Heather Johnston Nicholson, Girls Incorporated (Moderator)
Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center, CUNY
B-8 Diversifying the Leadership: NCRW Member Center StrategiesRoom 910
Highlighting the NCRW two-year Ford Foundation funded project aimed at promoting the leadership of women of color from historically underrepresented groups within the Council and within its member network, panelists will discuss the diversity and inclusion issues that were the focus of their proposals; strategies to enhance cultural competence among center staff/board members; best practices and collaborations, programs and agendas to recruit, attract and advance women of color, especially younger women, toward leadership; and ways to replicate these strategies.
Delores M. Walters, NCRW (Moderator)
Patricia Deyton, Simmons School of Management
B-9 Violence Against Women: National and Global PerspectivesRoom 907
Violence against women cuts across racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and global boundaries. Landmark legislation such as the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 has made it possible for states and local communities to address the problem in more comprehensive and inclusive ways. In 2007, a coalition of women’s organizations introduced the International Violence Against Women Act of 2007, which seeks to significantly increase U.S. commitment to reduce violence against women and girls globally by integrating anti-violence measures into U.S. foreign assistance programs. This workshop will explore cultural and other barriers to addressing violence against women in marginalized communities, institutional and non-institutional strategies to resist violence, and opportunities and strategies for more inclusive policies and legislation at the state, national, and global levels.
Pinar Batu, Vassar College (Moderator)
Taina Bien-Aime, Equality Now
B-10 Working the Education System: Using the No Child Left Behind Legislation to Educate TeachersRoom 903
This interactive roundtable will focus on civic engagement and public policy strategies of the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Department of Elementary and Childhood Education at the College of New Jersey. The initiative uses legislation to create critical gender awareness among young learners. Speakers will share their lesson learned, experiences, best practices, and keys to success.
Anne Marie Nicolosi, College of New Jersey (Moderator)
Ellen Friedman, College of New Jersey
|4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.|
C-1 Working at the Intersections of Faith, Gender, and ReligionRoom 907
Gender lies at the center of conversations about religion, politics, and human rights, and across conflicts and sociopolitical contexts. In response to cultural, religious, and political wars being waged across the globe, women scholars and activists have begun to think critically about the relationship of faith and religion to women’s organizing and activism. This session will examine the intersections of faith, religion and gender to identify opportunities and strategies to work across secular and faith communities for social and political change.
Zainah Anwar, Sisters in Islam
C-2 Human Security in an increasingly insecure world: a gendered perspectiveRoom 803
Given the heightened militarization and conflicts today with women often prime targets and victims, what constitutes security for women, families, and communities? How can we understand and frame security using both human rights and human security frameworks that address issues of sustainability. This session will broaden and extend the security debate to focus on the fundamental differences and inequalities between women’s and men’s security including issues related to violence, the distribution of wealth and resources, decision-making authority and leadership, and the roles women are playing as key actors in promoting human security.
Anne Runyan, University of Cincinnati (Moderator)
Elizabeth Colton, International Museum of Women
C-3 Maximizing Your Policy Impact: A Workshop on Innovative Policy Advocacy TrainingRoom 804
|6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.|
Reception featuring Virginia Reticker, Director: Pray the Devil Back to Hellat the Torch Club
Saturday, June 7, 2008 (Member Center Day)
|8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.|
Orientation for New Member Centers and New Directors of Member CentersThink Coffee, 248 Mercer Street, (between 3rd & 4th Street), lower level meeting room
|9:15 a.m. - 12:30a.m.|
Workshop A Op-Ed Crash Course – Landing Safely on the Editorial PagesRoom 803
Back by popular demand, Op-Ed Maestra Katie Orenstein will provide an intensive, hands-on session devoted to crafting compelling messages and pitches that will place your opinion pieces above the pack. You’ll learn how to generate winning ideas, how to craft a powerful argument, how to use news hooks, how to address or preempt your potential critics, how to pitch an idea, and how to frame an issue to make your point and persuade readers. Explore ways to write more broadly, to think bigger, and to make an impact on the world.
Catherine Orenstein, The Op-Ed Project
Workshop B Sound Bites and Talking Points: Staying on MessageRoom 804
Led by Kathleen Vermazen, Media Director of the Women’s Media Center, this session will provide ideas about how to develop media-friendly messages, techniques for broadcast interviews, and how to develop PR efforts for individuals as well as for organizations. With emphasis on clear and simple communication, and role play, you will learn how to become a more effective player in today’s fast-paced and competitive media environment.
Kathleen Vermazen, Women’s Media Center
Workshop C Strategic Blogging for Organizations, Women's Centers, and Feminist ExpertsRoom 805
Critically-acclaimed authors and bloggers Deborah Siegel (www.girlwithpen.blogspot.com, Thinking Blogger Award) and Elizabeth Curtis (A Blog Without A Bicycle) will lead participants through the basics of blogging – both logistical and philosophical. Participants will leave with a sense of the ways in which blogging is changing the media landscape – especially for women! – and tools for how to start one for their organization or improve one that’s already off the ground. Topics will include: young feminism and activism online, the momosphere, and how to publicize events and publications through blogs.
Elizabeth Curtis, Woodhull Institute
Workshop D The Ask – How to Overcome Fear of the Dreaded F-Word: Fundraising!Room 808
Everyone has a place and a role in fundraising. Come learn how easy it can be to have ‘quick successes’ that add up to substantial sources of money. Join Laura Fredricks to discuss how to make raising money less painful. Learn how to identify and cultivate individual, institutional and family funders and how to partner strategically with others. Demystify your assumptions about money and fundraising during this hands-on session.
Laura Fredricks, LLC, Expert Fundraiser, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker
|9:30 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.|
9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Best Practices: Supporting Women Faculty and Encouraging DiversityRoom 910
This interactive panel will focus on the innovative programs being launched at centers dedicated to research on women, gender, and sexuality. Participants will discuss initiatives designed to support and disseminate feminist research. They will also focus on the significance of inter- and multi-disciplinary projects that prioritize difference and diversity; policies that support faculty and students; and efforts to engage independent activist scholars and the broader community.
April de Stefano, University of California, Los Angeles
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.
The Art of Feminist Publishing from Research to PublicationRoom 910
Whether it’s your latest research, the memoir you’ve always wanted to write, or the novel that’s burning to be let out, you need to know as much about marketing and shaping your book as you do about writing it in today’s difficult book market. This workshop will help you think about how to get publishers and agents to pay attention to your book idea and how to reach the best audience for your book.
Please bring book ideas to the workshop so we can work together to critique and shape them.
Gloria Jacobs,The Feminist Press
|12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
Luncheon and Membership Meeting: New Strategic Directions for the NCRW NetworkRoom 914
Linda Basch, Eleanor Horne, and Cynthia Secor
|2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.|
Building Diversity & Inclusion at the Member Centers: Successes, Challenges & StrategiesRoom 914
|Member centers are experiencing a variety of situations that affect inclusion and diversity issues: increasingly diverse student bodies on campuses whose faculties remain predominantly white; transitioning from a previously diverse leadership to one that is much less so, or vice versa; remaining irrelevant and disconnected from the issues, concerns and visions of women of color. How can research-based centers focus more on activism – helping to hire more faculty of color, for example? What larger forces shape center agendas? What strategies and alliances have moved or will move our network forward in reaching diversity and inclusion goals? |
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College (Moderator)
Veronica I. Arreola, University of Illinois at Chicago.
|3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
Closing PlenaryRoom 914
Making It Real:A moderated conversation between Bonnie Thornton Dill, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Chandra Talpade Mohanty on the impact of identity and difference on feminist scholarship, leadership, and activism nationally and globally.
Moderated by C. Nicole Mason, Director of Research and Policy Initiatives, NCRW
|Linda Basch, National Council for Research on Women|
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.