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New England Women’s Policy Conference: “The Time is Now: Gender Justice, Antiracism, and Systemic Change”

December 3, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until December 4, 2020



| $15 – $50.00

“The Time is Now: Gender Justice, Antiracism, and Systemic Change” is the theme for this year’s New England Women’s Policy Conference held virtually the mornings of December 2-4 and organized by UMass Boston’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy.

Connect, learn, & take action! Conference participants will utilize an intersectional lens, taking into account inequities related to race, gender, ethnicity, class, immigrant status, and other social identities, in order to address the economic security, health, and wellbeing of women, their families, and their communities.

Workshop themes include Low-Wage and Essential Workers; Health and Healthcare; Policing Women of Color and LGBTQ Communities; and Childcare and Education.  Vermont will be well represented among presenters, including activist Noel Riby-Williams of Montpelier, Kiah Morris of Rights and Democracy, VT Senator-elect Kesha Ram, and Aly Richards of Let’s Grow Kids.  The conference offers a great opportunity for young people interested in exploring public policy, as a separate IGNITE program track features the sessions “Amplifying Young Women’s Voices” and “Young and Running”, with the goal of building a pipeline of next-generation leaders poised to flex their political power.

The Keynote Speaker is Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, the first Black woman elected to Congress (and previously, to Boston City Council, ) from Massachusetts.

This biennial conference is organized by the New England Women’s Policy Initiative, and hosted by UMass Boston’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, the Vermont Commission on Women, and women’s commissions, women’s funds, and other partners throughout New England.

Join in this engaging collaboration to imagine together how we can transform inequitable systems in New England and beyond.