Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thu, Nov 12: 1970's Women's Liberation Revisited

The Women's Coffee House and SAGE History & Heritage present: 1970's Women's Liberation Revisited

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6-9 PM
The LGBT Community Center,
208 West 13th Street
(The Center is between 7th and 8th Aves)
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A special discussion/Q&A event looking at the Feminist past, and how it reflects on the present. Spend time with some of the women who made feminism happen. Panelists include Liz Abzug, Ti-Grace Atkinson, Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Noreen Connell, Myrna Danzig, Alix Dobkin and Joanne Steele Presented by the Women's Coffee House and SAGE History & Heritage; sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Panelist Biographies:

    * Liz Abzug is the President/Founder of the Bella Abzug Learning Institute where high school and college women are taught debating, specific leadership skills, and civic engagement so that they can become the inspired, dynamic leaders of the present and future. Abzug is a Professor of Urban Studies and Women and Leadership at Barnard College/Columbia University (13 years) and formerly a senior government administrator.
    * Ti-Grace Atkinson formed the October 17th Movement, which morphed into the Feminists. The October 17th Movement ended up being the bridge between mainstream and radical feminism. Ti-Grace was active in the Women's Movement since the 1960's and author of Amazon Odyssey.
    * Dr. Phyllis Chesler is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at CUNY. She is the author of the landmark "Women and Madness" and of twelve other books including "Woman's Inhumanity to Woman" and "The Death of Feminism". Dr. Chesler is co-founder of the still ongoing Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women's Health Network (1974) and is a charter member of the Women's Forum (1973-74).
    * Noreen Connell is the former State President of the National Organization for Women and NYC Chapter of NOW. She has also served as Executive Director of the Educational Priorities Panel, Assistant Commissioner of NYS Dept. of Labor, and state chair of the National Women's Political Caucus.
    * Myrna Danzig, with others, started the Women's Center and Women's Studies Program at Montclair State University. Danzig came out in 1974 and was active in N.Y. Radical Feminists, the original Women's Coffee House & Fort Dyke.
    * Alix Dobkin began her career in the 1960's. ALIX grew up in the heart of American folk and ethnic as well as jazz and Broadway musical traditions. In 1970, ALIX became a feminist, fell in love with a woman, and for over thirty years since she's been celebrating blatant Lesbianism in song and story. With six albums on three CDs ( and a songbook to her credit, Alix's "MY RED BLOOD: A Memoir of Growing up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement" will be published by Alyson Books in October, 2009.
    * Joanne Steele was the co-creator of the newspaper Majority Report and was instrumental in the publicity for the magazine and the distribution to the newsstands in and around Greenwich Village.

Our Moderator: Rosie Mendez - is a NYC Council member who represents NY District 2. Women's Movement Photographs are provided by Bettye Lane.

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