From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth & Equity for Women

A research forum for change makers


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June 7, 2017

Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Washington, DC

1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005 (one block west of Metro Center).

Together, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the Women’s Research & Resource Center at Spelman College, and the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, convened leading researchers, advocates, practitioners, and policy makers for meaningful discussion. Participants and attendees left this day-long program with a better understanding of the complex issues underlying the social and political climate, empowered with research and resources to strengthen their fight for equity and influence.

Panels considered gender while focusing on: the intersectionality of race, religion, and immigration; child care and leave polices; income equality and labor markets; and health, wellbeing, violence, and safety.

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8:15-9:00 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast

9:00-9:40 a.m.
Welcome & Morning Speakers
Lorretta Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, Chair of the Board, Institute for Women's Policy Research

Morning Keynote:
Maggie Hassan, J.D., United States Senator from New Hampshire

Panel One: How Did We Get Here?

9:45-10:55 a.m.
Panel Two: The Intersectionality of Race, Religion, & Immigration in Civic Engagement

11:00-12:10 p.m.
Panel Three: Gender Violence and Title IX

12:15 p.m.
Midday Keynote Address

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Break and Lunch (boxed lunches available)

1:15-2:25 p.m.
Panel Four: Achieving Paid Leave through Public Policy

2:30-3:40 p.m.
Panel Five: The Status of Black Women in the United States (Release of Special Report)

3:45-4:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks


4:00-5:00 p.m.
Networking Reception

This event receives support from the Cowles/Sulzberger Fund at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College.



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