Speakers

    • ANITA HILL

      ANITA HILL 

      Brandeis University
      Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies
      Heller Graduate School of Policy and Management

      In 1991, Anita Hill was thrust into the public spotlight when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Clarence Thomas. After the hearing, she began speaking to audiences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, South Africa, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand and Japan about social and political problems facing the world.

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    • DEVON CARBADO

      DEVON CARBADO 

      UCLA School of Law
      Devon Carbado, who recently served as the Vice Dean of the Law Faculty, is currently an Associate Provost at UCLA. He teaches Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, and Criminal Adjudication.

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    • KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW

      KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW 

      The African American Policy Forum
      Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law.

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    • RHA GODDESS

      RHA GODDESS 

      Move the Crowd
      Rha Goddess is cultural innovator and social entrepreneur who brings over two decades of transformational “crowd rockin’” in the name of social change. As a world renowned performing artist and activist, her work has been internationally featured in several compilations, anthologies, forums and festivals.

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    • LANI GUINIER

      LANI GUINIER 

      Harvard Law School
      In 1998, Lani Guinier became the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at the Harvard Law School and is now the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law. Before her Harvard appointment, she was a tenured professor for ten years at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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    • MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY

      MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY 

      Tulane University
      Melissa V. Harris-Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South.

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    • DEBORAH SLANER LARKIN

      DEBORAH SLANER LARKIN 

      USTA Serves
      Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director of USTA Serves, the national Charitable Foundation of the USTA, that provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education.

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    • CATHARINE A. MACKINNON

      CATHARINE A. MACKINNON 

      University of Michigan School of Law
      Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, specializes in sex equality issues under international and constitutional law.

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    • EMILY MAY

      EMILY MAY 

      Hollaback!
      Emily is an international leader in the anti-street-harassment movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City, and in 2010 she became the first full-time executive director.

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    • PAT MITCHELL

      PAT MITCHELL 

      The Paley Center for Media, (Moderator)
      Pat Mitchell is President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media whose mission is to further understanding of media’s role, past, present and future.

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    • CHARLES OGLETREE

      CHARLES OGLETREE 

      Harvard Law School
      Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

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    • KATHLEEN PERATIS

      KATHLEEN PERATIS 

      Outten & Golden, LLP. (Moderator)
      Kathleen Peratis is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP. She concentrates on employment discrimination matters and especially sexual harassment in employment.

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    • LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN

      LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN 

      Author, Conference Co-Chair
      Letty Cottin Pogrebin is an author, journalist, lecturer and social justice activist. A founding editor of she is also the author of nine books.

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    • AI-JEN POO

      AI-JEN POO 

      National Domestic Workers Alliance
      Ai-jen has been organizing immigrant women workers in New York since 1996, where she started as the Women Workers Project organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities.

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    • JENNIFER J. RAAB

      JENNIFER J. RAAB 

      Hunter College
      Jennifer J. Raab serves as President of Hunter College in New York City. Since taking the helm as Hunter College’s 13th president, she has built upon the College’s strong foundation, refined its mission, overseen its academic programs and spearheaded its growth and development as one of the world’s leading urban centers of higher education.

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    • VITA C. RABINOWITZ

      VITA C. RABINOWITZ 

      Hunter College
      Dr. Vita C. Rabinowitz is Hunter’s 11th Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Rabinowitz received her doctorate in psychology from Northwestern University and has spent her entire professional life at Hunter College.

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    • JUDITH RESNIK

      JUDITH RESNIK 

      Yale Law School
      Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, equality, and citizenship.

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    • AMY RICHARDS

      AMY RICHARDS 

      Soap Box
      After graduating cum laude from Barnard College in 1992 with a degree in Art History, Amy Richards embarked on an unexpected career as a feminist activist, writer, and organizer.

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    • DOROTHY J. SAMUELS

      DOROTHY J. SAMUELS 

      The New York Times, (Moderator)
      A member of the editorial board since 1984, Dorothy Samuels writes on a wide array of legal and social policy issues.

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    • JOANNE N. SMITH

      JOANNE N. SMITH 

      Girls for Gender Equity
      Joanne N. Smith, Founder and Executive Director, responsible for moving Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) closer to its mission through strategic planning, development, and leadership cultivation.

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    • GLORIA STEINEM

      GLORIA STEINEM 

      Ms. Magazine
      Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality.

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    • VIRGINIA VALIAN

      VIRGINIA VALIAN 

      Hunter College
      Dr. Virginia Valian is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)

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    • PATRICIA J. WILLIAMS

      PATRICIA J. WILLIAMS 

      Professor of Law, Columbia University / Columnist (Moderator)
      Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University, was born in Boston in 1951 and holds a BA from Wellesley College and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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    • JAMIA WILSON

      JAMIA WILSON 

      Women's Media Center
      Jamia Wilson is a feminist activist, organizer, expat-brat, networker, cartwheeler, truthseeker, and storyteller. She is currently Vice President of Programs at the Women's Media Center.

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    • JULIE ZEILINGER

      JULIE ZEILINGER 

      FBomb
      Julie Zeilinger, an 18-year-old from Pepper Pike, Ohio and First Year at Barnard College, is the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog and community for young adults who care about their rights and want to be heard.

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