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The Women’s Rights Movement
Valuing out Past: Building Our Future 

  Saturday. November 11, 2017 10:00 am
Fox Hill, 8300 Burdette, Bethesda, MD 20817

 Panel Discussion 
 Kate Stevenson, Moderator 

As the 2016 Presidential election made clear, the women’s rights movement is under attack. Women need to look to our past, to the heroes for women’s rights, as we build for a brighter future to advance equity for women and girls. Kate Campbell Stevenson, current co-president of the Kensington-Rockville branch, will moderate a panel of women who were true pioneers in the women’s movement. Panelists will include Tina Hobson, first director of Federal Executive Women (FEW); Pat Fenn, Charter Appointee and Former Chair, Commission for Women- Prince Georges County. Former VP, Organization for Chinese American Women, Maryland Chapter; Ellouise Schoettler, tireless advocate for ERA and helped form Coalition of Women’s Art Organizations as a political organization representing the issues of women artists.

Among topics the panel will address is the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston, which each attended. Gloria Steinem said that the conference “may take the prize as the most important event nobody knows about.” It was at this conference that Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem and other leaders outlined a platform supporting many of the issues that AAUW focuses on today. But right across town in Houston, the conservative women’s movement also met, outlining an agenda which opposed “federally funded feminism.” That conflict remains with us today, and is a key issue affecting the recent Presidential race and government policies.

They will also provide perspectives on the history of the second wave women’s rights movement-their strengths and their challenges. Those attending the discussion will have the chance to participate and share their personal stories and observations. Learning from the past we can better form effective strategies promoting women’s equality today and for future generations. We build our current strength by standing on the shoulders of giants. At this meeting, we will learn from some of those giants. As Kate puts it, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all that these fabulous, audacious women have contributed and accomplished on behalf of women and our world. Now we must focus our actions on what we can do to stop the back track and move women’s equality FORWARD!

 

 

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