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IWPR's Ninth International Women's Policy Research Conference in conjunction with the 2008 Economic Justice Summit

When Apr 11, 2008 05:00 AM to
Apr 12, 2008 01:00 PM
Where Atlanta, GA
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Ninth Conference

" Bringing Together Research and Advocacy From Local to Global to Advance Economic Justice and Empowerment for Women"

Convenors: NOW Foundation, Institute for Women's Policy Research, National Council of Negro Women

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The Summit brought together feminist grassroots activists, academics and educators, women's policy researchers, NGO's, non-profits, social justice organizations, and labor, business, and government leaders committed to strengthening the economic and political power of women - as workers, business owners, caregivers, family providers, voters, and leaders. The summit provided diverse perspectives combining academic findings on the economic status of women with action strategies for promoting equality. Participants identified trends, challenges, and solutions from the local to the global arena, considering class, race, cultural, religious and gender realities.

Goals of the Summit included expanding the body of knowledge on critical economic issues; increasing our global understanding of the economic challenges women face; building and strengthening alliances in the economic justice movement; developing recommendations and strategies for enhancing women's economic empowerment; and informing the policy globally and locally, including the 2008 U.S. Presidential election debate.



Dr. Martha Burk, Author, Your Money and Your Life

Katharine Cheairs, SistahGirl: Black Women & HIV/AIDS Documentary Project

Kim Gandy, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation

Dr. Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research

DiShonda Hughes and Edna Rodriguez, Atlanta Women's Foundation

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, Director of Resarch, Public Policy and Information Center, National Council of Negro Women

Joan Kuriansky, Executive Director, Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW)

Lilly Ledbetter, Plaintiff in landmark U.S. Supreme Court pay discrimination case

Janice Mathis, Esq., Vice President, Citizenship Education Fund

Hon. Carol Mosley Braun, President/CEO, Ambassador Organics

Gail Perry-Mason, Author, Girl, Make Your Money Grow!

Loretta Ross, National COordinator, SisterSong: Women of COlor Reproductive Health Care Collective

Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation

Jane Smith, Ed.D., Executive Director, Spelman College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

Dr. E. Faye Williams, National Chair, National Congress of Black Women



The summit included a special day-long series of workshops facilitated by IWPR on women’s political activism and the values that drive it on Friday, April 11.

Network Building Across Movements
The workshop series is designed to bring together women activists from across different movements for change: religious and secular, feminist and social justice. Workshops will explore the basic values that inspire and shape our work, examine how those ideas shape our goals and strategies, and assess how our similarities and differences shape potential collaborations.

Encouraging the Development of Local Collaborations

A central goal will be to build new alliances among women who are active in all kinds of social justice movements: feminist organizing, religious social justice organizing, secular social justice organizing, community organizing, civil rights, and others. The workshop series will encourage women to develop their own collaborations across movements for change among women in their local communities and constituencies.

Women’s Action Agenda
The workshop series will encourage the development of a women’s action agenda based on women’s values. IWPR will present a draft national agenda, analysis of issues in the agenda, and exploration of language for women’s organizing that moves beyond traditionally “secular” and “religious” approaches. The document will serve as a “white paper” to spark conversation. Participants will be asked to engage and react to it, and will help mold the final version.

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