Speakers on Women and Gender

Medea Benjamin, medea@codepink.org, is available to speak on resisting US militarism and interventions.

She is a co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed—and most effective—fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. She is the author of nine books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection, and her articles appear regularly in outlets such as the Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet, The Other Words, and TeleSUR. (See https://www.codepink.org/medea_benjamin)

Marlene Fried, mgfss@hampshire.edu, is available to speak on abortion and reproductive justice.

She is a Professor of Philosophy and faculty director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. “Her scholarship and teaching is focused primarily on abortion rights and access, reproductive and sexual rights and health, and legal theory. . . . She is also a long-time reproductive rights activist and was the founding president and served for 21 years on the board of the National Network of Abortion Funds” (See https://www.hampshire.edu/faculty/marlene-fried)

Margaret Power, marmacpower1@gmail.com, is available to speak on right-wing women, the recent history of Chile and Puerto Rico, and the Right in general.

She is a Professor of History at Illinois Tech. She “focuses on Latin America, women, and gender. Her earlier work explored why a large number of Chilean women opposed the socialist government of Salvador Allende (1970–73) and supported the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973–1990). . .” She recently co-authored a book on Norvelt, a New Deal community in southwest Pennsylvania named for Eleanor Roosevelt. She is currently writing a book titled Solidarity across the Americas: The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party vs. U.S. Colonialism.” She is co-chair of Historians for Peace and Democracy. (See https://www.iit.edu/directory/people/margaret-power)

Barbara Winslow, bwpurplewins@gmail.com, is available to speak on the historic struggle for the vote.

She is a Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College. She “is a historian of women’s activism as well as the founder and director emerita of the Shirley Chisholm Project. She is the author of Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change (2013) and a coeditor of Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women’s History (2009). As she describes it, Winslow found her own political voice with the beginning of the women’s liberation movement in Seattle, a movement she was an integral part of.” (See: https://www.oah.org/lectures/lecturers/view/1640/barbara-winslow/; https://depts.washington.edu/antiwar/interview_winslow.shtml)

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