Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Logo for the National Conversations on #RightsAndJustice: Women's Rights and Gender Equality

New York has been at the forefront of debates about women’s rights and gender equality since the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Fall, New York was held 150 years ago. On Friday October 21, the National Archives at New York in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House at One Bowling Green, New York City continued this debate.

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At 9:30 a.m.

The National Conversation on #RightsAndJustice opened with remarks by:

  • Dorothy Dougherty, Programs Director, National Archives at New York; 
  • Danielle Lote, National Museum of the American Indian;
  • A'Lelia Bundles, National Archives Foundation;
  • Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T; 
  • Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10); 
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council; and 
  • David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States.
At 10:00 a.m.

Women's Rights and Gender Equality: From Eleanor with:

  • Soledad O'Brien, award-winning journalist; and
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
At 10:00 a.m.

Gender Equality and Human Rights with:

  • Andrea Flynn, Roosevelt Institute;
  • Suzan Shown Harjo, The Morning Star Institute;
  • Alondra Nelson, Columbia University; and
  • Allida Black, George Washington University.
At 1:15 p.m.

Women’s Rights: Health/Reproduction, Family, Race, Violence with:

  • Andrea Flynn, Roosevelt Institute;
  • Suzan Shown Harjo, The Morning Star Institute;
  • Suzann Braun Levine, Ms. Magazine; 
  • Stephanie Toti, Center for Reproductive Rights; and
  • Noreen Farrell, Equal Rights Advocates.
At 2:30 p.m.

Advocacy & Action: Financial Empowerment, Business, Technology, Education with:

  • Soledad O'Brien, Award-Winning Journalist;
  • Marianne Schnall, Executive Director & Founder Feminist.com, contributor NPR: The 51%;
  • Dana Edell, PhD. Executive Director SPARK Movement;
  • Avis Jones-DeWeever, Founder Exceptional Leadership Institute for Women; and
  • Rachel Simmons, author Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls.
At 3:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote by Joelle Gamble, Director of National Network of Emerging Thinkers, Roosevelt Institute.



Presented in part by AT&T, Ford Foundation, Seedlings Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the National Archives Foundation.

Special thanks to Perkins Coie for their support of this event in New York City.