Notes from the planning meeting for The Scholar and the Feminist conference, June 3rd, 1992, page 3

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          people who are doing things, rather than people merely writing and analyzing
the issues. For the later part of the day, Vivian proposed the idea of a
workshop pertaining to activism— how to do it, how we got to this point, and
where do we go from here.

Liz Schneider agreed with the idea of a broader topic than "Women and
Politics" and suggested the idea of women as change-makers. Electoral politics
is, indeed, part of the issue, but it would be better to think about many areas in
which women exercise power --for example as judges. ls there a difference
when women are in power?

Liz also stated the difference between women and politics (addressing
just electoral politics), and women and the state (general activism and change-
making). Bringing activists and academics together raises questions such as,
"What difference does it make to have both Boxer and Feinstein running in
California?" She also discussed the idea of addressing the impact of the
women's movement, as well as volunteerism.

Helene Kaplan discussed the idea of a powerful women's agenda. What
are the women who are now in politics doing to guarantee that women's issues
are tackled seriously?

Leslie suggested a possible title: "Women as Change-Makers: Refining a
Women's Agenda for Effective Activism."

Michael Delli Carpini summarized the issues we had been discussing:

1. Agenda Setting: ls there a woman's agenda?

2. How do we translate the agenda into political power? Are women in
the position now to make changes (e.g., lawyers, judges, activists, etc.)?

3. Once you get women into power, does it make a difference?

Miriam Friedlander thought the conference should address women who
are breaking through into politics at higher levels. We have new women going
into the Senate. We need to set the tone that women are able to get into
politics (i.e. Brown)

3. Discussion of Possible Speakers
Liz feels that we should bring in some professional women (judges,
accountants, doctors, lawyers), who have had an impact in their fields to talk
about how women gain power in traditionally male realms and to examine
whether men and women exercise their power differently, especially in light of
the fact that many Barnard students are interested in professional careers.
Leslie and Helene Kaplan discussed the importance of avoiding political
speakers that just set forth a "wish—list". Participants should state not only
what women want, but what women can do to get it. Helene noted that there
are many crucial issues pertaining to women today, other than abortion. We
need powerful, popular, and effective speakers who will address HOW to get
what we need.
A Christine Royer stated that we need a "distinguished list of women" that
would attract an audience. She proposed Ann Richards. Leslie added Ferraro