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The National Women's Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century

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Last updated September 27th

Monday, November 6: All Day Activities >


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Digital Research Commons
> M.D. Anderson Library

Sisterhood Salon/Salón de Hermandad: Diana Mara Henry, Linda Garcia Merchant, and Maria Cotera

Evans Room, Special Collections
> M.D. Anderson Library

Oral History Commons: StoryCorps style interviewing about the 1977 conference. Sign-up information will be at the registration desk.

Monday, November 6: Daytime Panels, Afternoon Plenary, and Evening Events >


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Rockwell Pavilion
> M.D. Anderson Library

Welcome “Mixed Outcomes of the 1977 IWY Conference”
  • Mary Jean Collins, Illinois Delegate, former NOW Action Vice President
  • Jo Freeman, New York Delegate, Independent Scholar
  • Noreen Connell, New York Delegate, former NOW NE Regional Director
  • Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, Special Conference Consultant to the IWY Secretariat
“The Historical is Political: What Activists Today Can Learn from the IWY”
  • Nicole Eaton, Simmons College, “'Moving History Forward': The Feminist Usable Past in the 1977 IWY Conference and the 2016 Election”
  • Stacie Taranto, Ramapo College of New Jersey, “The Politics of Dissent: Feminists v. Anti-Feminists at the IWY State Meeting in New York”
  • Natasha Zaretsky, Southern Illinois University, “Social Reproduction, Neoliberal Crisis, and the Paradox of 1970s Feminism”
  • Chair/commentator: Catherine Rymph, University of Missouri
KEYNOTE LUNCHEON:
Dr. Marjorie Spruill, University of South Carolina and author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics (2017)
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“Capturing Houston: Photographers, Journalists, and History-Making on Deadline”
  • Janice Blue, Editor of the Daily Breakthrough
  • Diana Mara Henry, Official IWY Photographer
  • Lucy Komisar, Investigative Journalist
  • Melba Tolliver, Journalist and Television Anchor
  • Moderator and Participant: Clara McLaughlin, Publisher of the Georgia Star and Florida Star
Afternoon Plenary:
Shelah Leader and Patricia Hyatt, former staff of the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, discuss their book, American Women on the Move (2017)
RECEPTION
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Bayou City Room 219
> Student Center South

“Women's Political Leadership and the Persistent Political Glass Ceiling”
  • Judy Wu, University of California, Irvine, “What Women Want': Patsy Takemoto Mink and Global/National Feminism”
  • Nancy Elizabeth Baker, Sam Houston State University, “Phyllis Schlafly and Babette Francis: The Establishment of a 1970s Transnational Anti-Feminist Movement”
  • Angie Maxwell, University of Arkansas, “The Impact of Modern Sexism on the 2016 Presidential Election”
  • Chair/Moderator: Monica Perales, University of Houston
“Catching the Waves: Generational Stories of Women's Movements.”
  • Morna J. Gerrard, Georgia State University, “'Shoulder to Shoulder Into the Fray!' The Activist Archivist Documents Contemporary Women's Protest in Georgia”
  • Ellen G. Rafshoon, Georgia Gwinnett College, “Why Women Protest: An Initial Look at the New Progressive Movement in Georgia”
  • Robin Morris, Agnes Scott College, “Run Away: Southern Women in Electoral Politics”
  • Chair/Moderator: Linda Reed, University of Houston
“Las Mujerxitas and Revolutionary Acts of Recovering”
  • Rosie Bermudez, University of California, Santa Barbara, “La Causa de Los Pobres: Alicia Escalante's Lived Experience of Poverty and the Struggle for Economic Justice”
  • Linda Garcia Merchant, University of Nebraska, “Chicana Diasporic: The Nomadic Journey of the Activist Exiled”
  • Tiffany Jasmin Gonzalez, Texas A&M University, “We Were Here: Chicanas/Latinas, Texas Women's Political Caucus, and Reshaping American Politics”
  • Samantha Rodriguez, University of Houston, “Mujeres Por La Raza, Community Feminisms, and the 1977 IWY”
  • Chair/Moderator: Maria Cotera, University of Michigan

Midtown Room 262
> Student Center South

“The Promise of Reproductive Rights in Retrospect: From the IWY National Women's Conference to the Present”
  • Seema Mohapatra, Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • Dara Purvis, Penn State Law
  • Yvonne Lindgren, University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Renee Knake, University of Houston Law Center
  • Chair/Moderator: Maya Manian, University of San Francisco School of Law
“From 1977 to 2017 and Beyond: The Legacy of the IWY Conference for Texas Women”
  • Cathy Bonner, Retired, Bonner, Inc. and Texas NWPC
  • Jane Hickie, Stanford University
  • Nancy Baker Jones, Texas Women's History
  • Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Texas A&M University-Commerce
“Image and Activism: Exploring Representational and Body Politics in the 1970s and Today”
  • Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Cornell University, “The Body is a Message Board”
  • M. Alison Kibler, Franklin and Marshall College, “Media Rights: Feminist Television Reform and the Fairness Doctrine in the 1970s”
  • Amelie Riberias, Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle, “Phyllis Schlafly and the Battle of Houston: Representing Women in the 1970s: Which Voice for What Image?”
  • Helena Shaskevich, Graduate Center, CUNY, “Body Feedback: Feminist Art and Women's Health Activism”
  • Chair/Moderator: TBD

Writing Center 234
Classroom and Business Building

“On Tape and Online: Sharing and Preserving the Voices of the 1977 National Women's Conference”
  • Jillian Hinderliter and Andrea L'Hommedieu, University of South Carolina
“Shifting Spaces, Challenging Practices: Gender Roles, Sexuality, and Labor in the 1970s”
  • Leslie Paris, University of British Columbia, “Wearing the Pants: American Girls and Second-Wave Feminism”
  • Marsha Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Welfare Warfare in 1970s New York”
  • Robyn L. Rosen, Marist College, “Men's Liberation in the 1970s: A Contested Label in a Contentious Decade”
  • Sara Bijani, Michigan State University, “The Center of the Feminist World: Houston and a National Movement for Sexual Justice”
  • Chair/Moderator: Dina Al-Sowayel, University of Houston
“An Invisible Minority: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women at the 1977 National Women's Conference”
  • Sophaline Chuong, University of California, Irvine, “AAPI Women and Activism”
  • Malire Lozada, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Tin Myaing Thein and Asian Pacific Islander Women on the Move”
  • Maribel Comparan, University of California, Irvine, “Age and Activism among AAPI Attendees at the 1977 National Women's Conference”
  • Justine Trinh, University of California, Irvine, “The Educational and Class Status of AAPI Attendees at the 1977 National Women's Conference”
  • Pauline Nguyen, University of California, Irvine, “Law and Activism for AAPI Women”
  • Chair/Moderator: Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, University of California, Irvine

Cullen Performance Hall

MCGOVERN LECTURE: Martha Cotera
ROUNDTABLE FOLLOWING: Martha Cotera, Charlotte Bunch, Gloria Steinem, and Melba Tolliver
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Tuesday, November 7: All Day Activities >


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Evans Room, Special Collections
> M.D. Anderson Library

Oral History Commons: StoryCorps style interviewing about the 1977 conference. Sign-up information will be at the registration desk.

Room 106-R
> M.D. Anderson Library

Wikipedia edit-a-thon: Raise the representation of women and feminist topics on Wikipedia by editing and writing high-quality wiki articles. Computers and Wikipedia training will be provided.

Tuesday, November 7: Daytime Panels, Afternoon Plenary, and Evening Events >


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Rockwell Pavilion
> M.D. Anderson Library

"Lesbian Organizing for IWY, 1977"
  • Christine Pattee, Iowa Delegate
  • Barbara “Boo” Price, IWY Cultural Events Producer
  • Margie Adam, Musician, Composer of “We Shall Go Forth”
  • Charlotte Bunch, Washington, D.C. IWY Delegate and Co-Organizer of IWY National Lesbian Caucus
“‘It’s Our Movement Now’: Black Women’s Politics and the 1977 National Women’s Conference”
  • Janine Fondon, Bay Path University, “Inclusive Feminism: Are We There Yet?”
  • Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Rice University, “‘To Do What Is Necessary’: Addie Wyatt, the Women’s Movement and the Quest for Solidarity”
  • Sarah B. Rowley, DePauw University, “‘You Have to Takes Advantage of Every Chance You Get’: Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and the Politics of Representation”
  • Amira Rose Davis, Pennsylvania State University, “Torchbearer: Michelle Cearcy and the Racial Politics of Visibility and Symbol at the 1977 National Women’s Conference”
  • Chair/commentator: Laura L. Lovett, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Living Archives: Houstonians Host the National Women’s Conference
Yolanda Alvarado, Elma Barrera, and Nikki Van Hightower
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“What Began in Houston: A Conversation about Legacy and Influence”
  • Loretta Ross, SisterSong, Hampshire College
  • Janice A. Farringer, retired JAG Captain
  • Phyllis Frye, First “out” Transgender Judge in Nation
  • Chair/Moderator: Jessica Waggoner, University of Houston
Afternoon Plenary:
Screening of Sisters of ’77 and outtakes with filmmakers Cynthia and Allen Mondell
RECEPTION: Debuting student curated exhibit about the 1977 Conference
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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Women, Politics, and Law with Sissy Farenthold and Sarah Weddington
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Bayou City Room 219
> Student Center South

“Feminism and Conservatism: Points of Convergence and Divergence”
  • Charles McCaslin, Texas Christian University, “The First Mass Demonstration of the Sexual Counterrevolution: Lottie Beth Hobbs and the Houston Pro-Family Rally”
  • April Young Bennett, Health Advocate and Mormon Activist, “Mormon Feminism in 1977 and Today”
  • Carole Stanford Bucy, Volunteer State Community College, “From Blue to Red: How Women’s Rights Became a Catalyst for Political Realignment in Tennessee”
  • Kacey Calahane, University of California, Irvine, “Engineering the New Right: How Phyllis Schlafly Built the Conservative Movement”
  • Chair/Moderator: TBD
“Inserting the Visual Arts into the Houston Conference”
  • Gloria Orenstein, Professor Emerita, University of Southern California
  • Susan Schwalb, independent artist (the only official delegate who was an artist)
  • Ferris Olin, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
  • Chair/commentator: Judith Brodsky, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
“Intersectionality: Perspectives on the Women’s March, Community Research, and Ally Action”
  • Aida Hurtado, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Marching Together: Of Many, One Wall of Resistance”
  • Desdamona Rios, University of Houston-Clear Lake, “Using Intersectionality to Transform Models of Education for ‘At-Risk’ Latinx Students”
  • Kim Case, University of Houston-Clear Lake, “Doing the Work: Applying Intersectionality to Ally Action”
  • Chair/commentator: Maria Gonzalez, University of Houston

Skyline Room 223
> Student Center South

“Women, Welfare and Poverty: Back to the Grassroots”
  • Pat Albright, Every Mother is a Working Mother Network
  • Reverend Annie Chambers, Past President Baltimore Welfare Rights Union
  • Pat Gowens, Co-Founder and Director of Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Margaret Prescod, New York Delegate, Global Women’s Strike
  • Phoebe Jones, Global Women’s Strike
  • Theresa Shoatz, Human Rights Coalition
“Women’s Health Rights and Sexual Freedom in the Archives, Memory, and Practice.”
  • Mara Kelly, LX Social Movements Archives, “Consent, Exposure, and Agency: The Ethics of Digitizing an Archive of Rape and Other Social Movement Trauma, 1967-2017”
  • Cory Ellen Gatrall, Registered Nurse, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Clinical Practice as the Locus for Social Change in Reproductive Health Care”
  • Barbara Sicherman, Emerita, Trinity College, “Déjà Vu: How Contraception Became Controversial—Again”
  • Faye E. Dudden, Emerita, Colgate University, “Feminists and Abortion Laws: Historical ‘Lessons’”
  • Chair/Moderator: Lisa Cruces
“Re-Thinking Women’s Conferences and their Reproductive Justice Legacies”
  • Claudia Roesch, University of Munster, “Transnational Family Planning? German-American Cooperation at International Conferences from 1948 until 1989”
  • Jennifer Donnally, Knox College, “‘This Is War!’: The Untold Story of the Hyde Amendment, the IWY and Why the Anti-Abortion Movement Declared a War on Feminism”
  • Cecelia Moore, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, “‘Some Thoughts on Autonomy and Equality’: Ruth Bader Ginsburg in North Carolina, 1971 & 1984”
  • Chair/commentator: Karissa Haugeberg, Tulane University

Digital Research Commons
> M.D. Anderson Library

“Houston Artists at IWY: Changes and Challenges from 1977 to 2017”
  • Mary Ross Taylor, Retired artist, Lawndale Art Center
  • Roberta Harris, Houston artist
  • Lynn Randolph, Houston artist
  • Carrie Schneider, Houston artist
“South Asian Feminist Social Justice Praxis in Houston”
  • Gayatri Joshi, University of Houston
  • Praveena Lakshmanan, Michigan State University
  • Saneea Sakhyani, University of Houston
  • Chair/Moderator: Rachel Afi Quinn, University of Houston
“Houston-Based Feminist Poetics”
  • Erika Jo Brown, University of Houston
  • Ching-In Chen, Sam Houston State University
  • Jasminne Mendez, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Leslie Contreras Schawartz, Houston-based Poet and Novelist
  • Deborah “D.E.E.P” Mouton, Poet Laureate of Houston

Writing Center 234
Classroom and Business Building

Crunk Feminism: Digital Activism for the Real World
  • Eesha Pandit
  • Robyn Boylorn