18th Annual Women’s History Conference: On the Move! Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice


Friday, March 4, 2016
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Graduate Program in Women’s and Gender History at Sarah Lawrence College presents:
The 18th Annual Conference on Women’s History
On The Move!: Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice
Friday and Saturday March 4-5, 2016
Free and open to the public
Premilla Nadasen
Member of the history faculty at Barnard College and author of
Welfare Warriors: The Welfare Rights Movement in the United States
and Domestic Workers Unite!: Household Workers’ Organizations


Sarah Lawrence College celebrates Women’s History Month 2016 with its 18th Annual Women’s History Conference “On The Move: Working Women and the Struggle for Social Justice.” This conference is free and open to the public. Speakers will analyze and celebrate the tradition of working women taking leadership roles and fighting for social justice and the vanguard roles they have played in movements over the last century for child protection, social welfare, and women’s rights in and beyond the workplace. The conference will examine the roles women can play in the future of the labor movement.

Register for free here: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/womens-history/conference.html

Friday March 4, 2016
Heimbold Auditorium
Keynote Address – Premilla Nadasen, Barnard College
Slonim House Living room

Saturday March 5, 2016
9:00am – 11:00am
Roundtable Discussion:
“On The Move With Queer Labor: LGBT Organizing at Unionized Workplaces”
Chair: Miriam Frank, author of Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America
Dona Cartwright, retired co-President, Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
Anne Balay, author of Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers
Dolly Martinez, Pride at Work activist and campaign manager for Retail Action Project

11:15am – 12:45pm
Breakout Session 1:
“Working-Class Feminism”
Chair: Lara Vapnek
Jackie Collens, Sarah Lawrence College, Leonora O’Reilly and the Woman Suffrage Movement
Donna T. Haverty-Stacke, Hunter College, CUNY, The Radical Feminism of Grace Carlson and her Socialist Workers Party Sisters
Cynthia Tobar, Bronx Community College, CUNY, E mpathy and Feminist Activism: Leadership and Social Change at Welfare Rights Initiative
1. Community Organizing
2. Labor Issues
12:45pm – 1:30pm
1:45pm – 3:30pm
Breakout Session 2:
Ceighley Cribb, Sarah Lawrence College, Nazik al-‘Abid’s Nur al-Fayha: a Kurdish Woman’s Contributions to Arab Nationalism, 1920
Patience Collier, Central Washington University, Fish Heads and Fishing Strikes: Cultural and Economic Agency of Northwest Native Women in the Salmon Industry
Anita Botello Santoyo, Sarah Lawrence College, Rosie the Riveter Exposed: Native American Women in Northern California’s Defense Industries During World War II
Thomas Martin, Penn State University, Arab Women in Palestine and British Mandate
“Labor Struggles”
Jillian Jacklin, University of Wisconsin, Madison, A Family Affair: Women, Children, and the Daily Work of Dairy Farmer Radicalism
Mercedes Townsend, Sarah Lawrence College, ‘Venus to the Hoop,’ but Not to the Bank: Gender Inequity in Professional Basketball
Tara Martin Lopez, Peninsula College, Retail Feminism: Working Class Women’s Fight for Equal Pay at Wal-Mart and ASDA
V. Kalya Shankar and Rohini Sahni, The New School, Waste Pickers and the ‘Right to Waste’ in an Indian City
“Rethinking Motherwork”
Chair: Priscilla Murolo, Sarah Lawrence College
Hank Broege, Sarah Lawrence College, Scottsboro Mothers
Gayle Ann Livecchia, Independent Researcher, Hidden Lives of Women in Colonial New York
Amanda Westbrook Brennan, Graduate Cener, CUNY, The Promotion of Breastfeeding by the Maternity Center Association of Manhattan
Camilla Martinez, Sarah Lawrence College, Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future
3:45pm – 5:45pm
“Life and Labor: Black Women’s Narratives of Resistance in The Twentieth Century”
Chair: Deirdre Cooper Owens, Queens College
Kellie Carter Jackson, Hunter College, A Portrait of Ethel Phillips: Understanding the Myth of the Good Boss in the World of Domestic Servants
Mary Phillips, Lehman College, Spiritual Maturity: The Feminist Theory of Ericka Huggins
Robyn Spencer, Lehman College, What’s Left to Say about Angela Davis? Notes on the Black Radical Tradition
Zinga A. Fraser, Brooklyn College, Race, Gender, and Rebellion: Shirley Chisholm’s Political Resistance

*All panels take place in the Heimbold building unless otherwise noted.*

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Heimbold Visual Arts Center Lobby and Auditorium (Donnelley Film Theatre/Lecture Hall
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
Times: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: Sarah Lawrence College Women's History MFA Program

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