Political Empowerment

2019 Aug 23

Women’s Equality Day 2019

12:00pm to 1:30pm


Swan Boats Landing, Boston Public Garden

Join the Women’s Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts to honor:

Sheroes: African-American Suffragists of Massachusetts

Maria Louise Baldwin
Sojourner Truth
Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin


Guest speakers:

Katrina Huff-Larmond, councilor and vice president, Randolph Town Council
Marita Rivero, president and CEO, Museum of African American History
Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq., president, NAACP Boston Branch

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2019 Oct 31

Pink Collar Representation and Policy Outcomes in U.S. States

11:45am to 1:00pm


Cason Conference Room, Taubman 102

Tiffany Barnes, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kentucky

Legislatures worldwide are dominated by wealthy elites, who are often out of touch with the needs and problems of ordinary citizens. Research shows that the underrepresentation of the working class in terms of policy processes and outcomes. Yet, the research has largely focused on blue-collar representatives, who are primarily men. Working-class women are more likely to hold pink-collar jobs, or low-status occupations dominated by women. We argue that pink-collar legislators are...

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2019 May 07

How Women Saved Rwanda

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Johm F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum

Twenty-five years ago, the African nation of Rwanda was ripped apart by a genocide that left nearly a million dead. The untold story is that when the bloodshed ended, women not only buried the dead and cared for orphaned children, they drove a recovery that laid a foundation for their current political and economic power. Join our conversation with the visionary pioneers who carved out unlikely new roles for themselves, creating stability and reconciliation in genocide’s wake. Moderated by Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder of the Women and Public Policy Program...

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2019 Apr 23

Women, Peace & Power

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Wexner Building, Room 436

Between 1990 and 2017, 92% of peace negotiators were men. Women, Peace & Power follows the stories of female activists, politicians, and ordinary citizens in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Northern Ireland as they try to influence peace talks against all odds. 

While some of these peacebuilders use sit-ins and mass rallies to push for change, others win elections to negotiate at the peace table. All face challenges to their authority and legitimacy as they attempt to steer their countries away from war.

A panel discussion will follow the...

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2019 Feb 20

Unpacking White Feminism

11:40am to 1:00pm


Room 434 AB, Wexner Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Explore the history of feminism through the lens of race with Rachel Cargle. Uncover layers of unlearned details, revealing the problematic effects that white centered activism has had on the past and present state of the feminist movement. She leaves her audience with new knowledge, meaningful tools, and powerful action items toward a more intentional and inclusive feminism.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gender Policy Union, Black Student Union, Degree Programs and  Student Affais (DPSA) and Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at Harvard Kennedy School...