Press release for 1979 The Scholar and The Feminist conference

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Barnard College ' Columbia University ° 3009 Broadway ° New York, NY 10027-6598

The Barnard Center for Research on Women

(212) 854-2067

The Scholar and the Feminist Conference, April 24, 1993

Women as Chan e Makers: Building and Using fiolitical Power

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, one of the oldest and most prominent resource centers for women in the nation.

As part of its ongoing commitment to advance knowledge about women, the Barnard Center for Research on Womenxhas since. 1974 held a series of conferences known as "The Scholar and the Feminist." Past conferences have brought together scholars and expert practitioners to analyze diverse facets of the cultural, social and political lives of women.

Our anniversary coincides with a moment in American life when questions surrounding women and their potential have particular urgency. We feel that this year's focus, on women as change Makers: Building and Using Political Power, is a timely and vital one.

Because the twentieth anniversary is such an important milestone for the College and the Center, we are going all- out to make this year's conference an intellectual and political event of national importance. Prominent women who are actively involved in political and social issues at national, state and local levels are being invited to participate, as are journalists and scholars.

The conference will analyze women's relationship to the state, examining how women gain power locally and nationally, and how they can best make gains in the future. We will explore how women do ---and how they should--- exercise such power.

There will be substantial publicity for the conference throughout the New York metropolitan region, and also beyond, and we anticipate an audience of approximately six hundred.

Many have already agreed to participate, but invitations are still being issued. In addition, a number of prominent politicians and other invitees have asked to be contacted again after January, when they will have a better sense of



Barnard College ' Columbia University - 5009 Broadway ' New York. NY 10027-6598

The Barnard Center for Research on Women

(212) 854-2067

their calendars. What follows then, is an incomplete list of those who will attend. Also listed are the workshops or panels that will be presented.

_Women as Change Makers: Building and Using olitical Power


Anna Quindlen of The New York Times will give the closing address of the day.

Ann Richards has been invited to give the opening speech.

Carole Mosely Braun has been invited to give an address during the luncheon.


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Marie Wilson, Exceutive Director, Ms. Foundation

Also invited: Eleanor Smeal, Rebecca Walker, U£va§hi—¥aid, Jewel Jackson Mccabe "E'“

Fighting the organized Opposition to Feminism Faye Wattleton., Former President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Prof. Catharine R. Stimpson, Rutgers University

Tanya Melich, Republican feminist consultant and analyst Also invited: Patricia Ireland, Barbara Boxer

Power for women in Cities

Prof. Ester Fuchs, Barnard College

Digna Sanchez, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Community

Development Agency

A number of elected officials have been invited, but will not respond until after November.



Barnard College ° Columbia University - 3009 Broadway - New York. NY 10027-6598

The Barnard Center for Research on Women (212) 854-2067

WORKSHOPS AND PANELS: (Names listed are those who have definitely agreed to attend; there are others still to be heard from, and others yet to be invited.)

1) women as Judges

The Hon. Betty Ellerin, U.S. Appellate Division The Hon. Carol Berkman, New York Supreme Court

Prof. Elizabeth Schneider, Brooklyn Law School

2) what Do Women Want: Polling and Politics Dr. Kathleen Francovic, CBS News

Prof. Egbert Shapiro, Columbia University Education and the state

3) women, Girls,

1 Linda Peng, Director of Task Force on Asian-American


Education for New York City Board of Education Dr. Sunita Parikh, Columbia University

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4) Health strategizing in New York City

Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner, New York City Health Department

Evelyn Longchamp, Office of Women's Health, NY Health and Hospitals Corporation

Prof.ATe§ry Rogers, Barnard College

/15) Workshop on Building Political careers

\_ Jody Newman, National Women's Political Caucus


6) women, Poverty and welfare Barbara Sabol, Commissioner, Department of Social Services, NYC Prof. Cecilia Conrad, Barnard College

7) Health and Reproductive Rights

Prof. Eugenia Acuna, Hunter College

Barbara Gimbel, Republican lobbyist

Julia Scott, National Black Women's Health Project

8) Lesbian Legal Empowerment Assemblywoman Deborah Glick Prof. Ruthann Robson, CUNY Law School

9) women and Philanthropy Alison Bernstein, Ford Foundation



Barnard College ° Columbia University - 3009 Broadway - New York. NY 10027-6598

The Barnard Center for Research on Women

(212) 854-2067

Prof. Eleanor Brilliant, Social Work, Rutgers University

10) Strategies for Fighting Violence agains women

Helen Neuborne, Executive Director, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund

Kris Miccio, Director, Sanctuary for Families

Sujata Warrier, Coalition for Battered Women's Advocates

11) Women Lawmakers Prof. Ruth Mandel, Director, Center for the American Woman and Politics, Rutgers University Congresswoman Marge Roukema

A number of elected officials have been invited; we won't know their plans until after November.

12) Women and Elections: what to Do After '92 Prof. Sue Caroll, CAWP, Rutgers

/’”“ , _13) Media coverage of women

Prof. Michael Delli Carpini, Barnard College ,MariaafiinojQsa,lWNPRlradio

Laura Flanders, Pacifica radio

Bonnie Angelo, Time magazine

14) The Power of women in the Media Alexis Gelber, Newsweek Magazine

15) women and Housing

Maria Foscarinis, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

16) The Politics of State Funding of women in the Arts

17) The Politics of Direct Action