Women’s History Conference

Thank you to all who attended our 24th Annual Women’s History Conference: Gender and the Covid Crisis!

Since 1998 the Graduate Program in Women’s History has sponsored the Women’s History Conference, exploring all aspects of gender, women’s history and activism. Our conferences take an intersectional interdisciplinary approach to the past in order to seek solutions to today’s most pressing issues.

 Our 24th Annual Women’s History Conference: Gender and the Covid Crisis was held on March 25 and March 26, 2022 and featured:

Keynote Address: President and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Dr. C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D.

Recently named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, Dr. C. Nicole Mason is the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Having stepped into the role in November 2019, Dr. Mason is the youngest person currently leading one of the major inside-the-Beltway think tanks in Washington, D.C., and one of the few women of color to do so. ​

Politics, Arts, Activism: How We Can Respond to Covid’s Impacts on Women Panel

As women have been on the front lines of care during the Covid-19 pandemic they have also been out in front of public responses to this crisis on the local and national level. This panel explores the ways in which women respond to crises, such as this pandemic, through their engagement with the arts, politics, and community-based activism. 

Moderator: Rachelle Sussman Rumph, Women’s History Faculty
Dr. An Li, Economics Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
Dr. Kishauna Soljour, Public Humanities Fellow and History Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
Wilfredo Morel, Vice President of Immigrant Health at Sun River Health

Advancing Health Equity: the Challenges and Opportunities presented by COVID-19 Panel

The COVID-19 pandemic put unprecedented stress on the United States’ already fragile health system. For women and gender-diverse people who have historically faced difficulty in accessing care, the pandemic created greater obstacles. This panel of healthcare providers across disciplines will discuss the impact of the pandemic on their patients’ access to care and the ongoing challenges people face at the intersection of gender and COVID.

Moderator: Bridget Bohannon, Director, Health Advocacy Program, Sarah Lawrence College

Panelists: Dr. Sarah Horvath, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Women's Health, Penn State University, Laura Holford, RN MSN and Aspen Ruhlin, Client Advocate from the Mabel Wadsworth Center.

Graduate Student Work in Progress

Facilitated discussion of thesis work in progress, with long-time Women’s History and Global Studies faculty member Lyde Sizer

Members of the Class of 2022:
Megan Dolezal
Nicole Hayes
 Grace Kredell
Laura Lee
 Sarah Weinstock
Alexandra Zartman-Ball

Education, Activism, and Public Policy in the Age of Covid Panel

From teachers to nurses to retail and domestic workers, women workers, particularly working women of color, have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid epidemic. And, as schooling moved online and supportive services were shuttered, many have struggled to balance the demands of paid and unpaid labor. Women have also been at the forefront of struggles to re-imagine our structures and practices of care. This panel will feature frontline women workers discussing their experiences of work and resistance during the Covid pandemic.

Moderator: Denisha Jones. Director of the Art of Teaching Program, Sarah Lawrence College 

Panelists: Andrea McCue, Member of the Steering Committee and the Women’s Committee, NYSUT (New York State United Teachers) and a Representative from National Domestic Workers’ Alliance, NYC