National Archives at New York City

Conversation on Women's Rights and Gender Equality

Press Release
August, 2016

at the National Archives at New York City

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2016 marks the 225th Anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Beginning this year through 2017, the National Archives is hosting a series of National Conversations on Rights and Justice that explore a range of contemporary issues, addressing the tension between individual rights and collective responsibilities, a process that began with the Bill of Rights.

The National Conversations on Rights and Justice will take place at different locations across the country and each program will have a central topic. Grounded in documents from the National Archives' collection, they will explore the stories of America's past. These conversations are starting points from which we will look forward, wondering what new stories wait to be written.


National Conversation on Rights Justice, focusing on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. A series of panelists will discuss women’s rights, gender equality and advocacy and action.

Keynote conversations moderated by award winning journalist, Soledad O’Brian


Friday, October 21, 2016


The National Archives at New York City, in partnership with the National Museum of the American Indian at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, One Bowling Green, NY, NY.

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

Register for Free at:
Join our Conversation on Twitter: #AmendingAmerica, #USNatArchives, #RightsandJustice

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The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at:


The National Archives Museum, created by the National Archives in partnership with the National Archives Foundation, has transformed the visitor experience at the National Archives’ Washington, DC, building, and includes the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the David M. Rubenstein Gallery and its Records of Rights permanent exhibition, the award-winning Public Vaults permanent gallery, the William G. McGowan Theater, the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery for special exhibits, the Boeing Learning Center, the Digital Vaults online exhibit, and the DocsTeach website.

But the Archives’ impact extends well beyond Washington, DC. Through an impressive array of exhibitions and education and public programs, the Archives reaches over 4 million people across the nation. With support secured through the National Archives Foundation and the individual Library Foundations, the Archives’ experienced outreach staff work to reach the most diverse and broadest number of people possible, whether onsite or online, across NARA’s nationwide network of venues and in partnership with other institutions that share our commitment to civic engagement and historical understanding. The goal is to establish the Archives as the nationwide advocate for civic literacy and engagement and increase public appreciation of the National Archives as one of the nation’s premier cultural institutions.

Learn More about the National Conversations on Rights and Justice at: