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  • The Pandemic and Social Equity: a Multidisciplinary Perspective

    April 15, 2021

    The Pandemic and Social Equity: a Multidisciplinary Perspective featured an expert on health disparities, a feminist economist who studies “unpaid care,” a specialist on domestic violence, and a Superintendent from the NYC schools on equity issues in education raised by the pandemic.


    Lórien Castelle
    Director of Prevention, NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    Mauriciere Degovia
    Executive Superintendent of Queens South NYCDOE

    Nancy Folbre
    Feminist Economist and Professor Emerita at UMass Amherst

    Lynn Warner
    Dean, School of Social Welfare, UAlbany


    Dorcey Applyrs
    Chief City Auditor, Albany, NY

    You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth!

    March 1, 2021

    A fireside chat featuring Shana Knizhnik and Irin Carmon, co-authors of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Knizhnik, the young lawyer who began the Internet sensation, and Carmon, an award-winning journalist, take us behind the myth for an intimate look at the justice’s life and work, and the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights.

    Shana Knizhnik recommended reading

    Raising the Bar: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project by Amy Leigh Campbell

    Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

    Until We Reckon by Danielle Sered

    Irin Carmon recommended reading

    The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott

    Reasoning from Race by Serena Mayeri

    Equal by Fred Strebeigh

    Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women by Brittney Cooper

    Women’s Political Past, Present and Future: A Symposium on the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage

    The Symposium on the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage consisted of five events ranging from August 26 through October 20, 2020. The Centennial offered an opportunity to re-examine gender equity through the lenses of the present moment, with a renewed emphasis on racial justice invigorating our national conversation.

    Sessions looked at opportunities and obstacles to women in politics, including the ultimate glass ceiling of the presidency; the role of black women in securing the vote throughout American history; the role of indigenous peoples in influencing the Women’s Suffrage movement; and contemporary struggles over voter suppression and voting rights.

    The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Women’s Suffrage

    October 20, 2020

    The Role of Indigenous Peoples in Women’s Suffrage featured Sally Roesch Wagner, author of Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists, which documents the surprisingly unrecognized authority of the Native women who inspired the suffrage movement; joined by Michelle Schenandoah, a member of the Oneida Indian Nation Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and founder of Rematriation Magazine.


    A Clan Mother’s Call: Reconstructing Haudenosaunee Cultural Memory (SUNY series in Critical Haudenosaunee Studies)

    Blume, A. (2020). A New Psychology Based on Community, Equality, and Care of the Earth: An Indigenous American Perspective. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger

    Morse, G. & Lomay, V. (2020). Understanding Indigenous Perspectives: Visions, Dreams, and Hallucinations. San Diego, CA: Cognella.



    Without a Whisper (2020)


    An in-depth talk about the Haudenosaunee worldview and influence on women’s suffrage: nysm.nysed.gov/programs/

    A great cultural reference from the Central Fire of the Haudenosaunee: onondaganation.org


    Vanguard: How Black Women Have Always Led on Voting Rights

    October 8, 2020

    Vanguard: How Black Women Have Always Led on Voting Rights, a lecture by Martha S. Jones, the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. Jones is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy.

    For Further Study



    Women, Politics and Activism

    September 24, 2020

    Co-sponsored with the Emma Willard School

    Keynote address by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, followed by a panel discussion with prominent women politicians and activists. (No references for further study.)

    Contemporary Struggles in Voting Rights

    September 17, 2020

    Contemporary Struggles in Voting Rights examined the issues with access to voting that persist 100 years after the 19th Amendment. Panel featured Nancy Abudu, Deputy Legal Director, Voting Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center; Nancy L. Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, and Perry Grossman, Senior Staff Attorney in the Voting Rights Project at the New York Civil Liberties Union.

    Gender and Politics

    August 26, 2020

    Gender and Politics began with an independent film that chronicled ten thousand people visiting Susan B. Anthony’s grave on Election Day 2016, many voting for the first time for a woman for president. The session looked at where we are four years later: how race and gender bias influence political perceptions; and how generational difference affects political behavior. Panel featured filmmaker Linda Moroney, Samantha Hall-Saladino, Executive Director of the Fulton County Historical Society, RSC ‘09, and Melissa Deckman, author of the textbook Women and Politics.


    A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage by Christina Wolbrecht and J. Kevin Corder

    Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the American Right by Melissa Deckman

    Women and Politics: Paths to Power and Political Influence by Julie Dolan, Melissa Deckman and Michele L. Swers