Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eve Ensler and other extraordinary Speakers on National NOW Conference Agenda

Extraordinary Speakers on
National NOW Conference Agenda
April 25, 2012
Thinking of coming to the 2012 National NOW Conference this summer? Well, stop thinking and start making your plans, because our first wave of confirmed speakers is simply amazing! Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler will deliver a keynote speech on Friday at 12:00 noon, so don't even consider arriving late. Ensler will be followed throughout the weekend by other truly inspiring women . . .

Eve Ensler
Keynote Speaker

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Eve Ensler is a Tony award winning playwright, performer and activist. She is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries.
Ensler's newest work, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World, was published in book form by Random House and made The New York Times Best Seller list. The book was recently workshopped in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by Paris, France, and will open at Berkeley Rep in June 2012, moving toward an off-Broadway production.
She is also the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over 85 million dollars. V-Day supports anti-violence organizations throughout the world, helping them continue and expand their core work on the ground, while drawing public attention to the larger fight.
Ensler's play Here was filmed live by Sky Television in London, UK. Her other plays include Necessary Targets, The Treatment, and The Good Body, which she performed on Broadway, followed by a national tour. In 2006, Ensler released her book, Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir, and co-edited A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer. She is currently writing a new book In The Body of the World for Metropolitan to be published 2013.

Krystal Ball

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Krystal Ball is an MSNBC contributor, political writer, activist and former congressional candidate. She is a frequent political commenter and has appeared on programs such as The Ed Show, Good Morning America, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, To The Contrary, The O'Reilly Factor, and Hannity. Ball's writing has appeared in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, the Atlantic and Politico.
Ball speaks regularly about women in politics and has been a featured speaker at Columbia University, Princeton, University of Mary Washington, and Christopher Newport University. She has also been active combatting media misogyny and was among the first to call for a boycott of Rush Limbaugh's advertisers following his three day smear of law student Sandra Fluke.
In 2010, with the help of an endorsement from Virginia NOW, Ball survived a tough primary to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress for the 1st District of Virginia. Although she did not successfully unseat Republican incumbent Rob Wittman, her campaign raised nearly $1 million from more than 6,000 donors.
Following her congressional campaign, Ball was named by Forbes Magazine as number 21 on the magazine's Most Powerful Women of the Midterm Elections list. The Week magazine rated her as one of the Top Eight Political Stars of 2010.
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Sandra Fluke
Woman of Courage Honoree

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Sandra Fluke is completing her final semester as a Public Interest Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center. She is devoted to advocating for gender equity in all sectors of society. Recently, she testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the need to provide access to contraception, which she has advocated for since arriving at Georgetown. She has spoken about this and other issues of concern to women across news outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, TIME Magazine, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS.
Previously, Fluke created and led the Program Evaluation Initiative for Sanctuary for Families in New York City, ensuring high quality services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. She also served on the Manhattan Borough President's Taskforce on Domestic Violence and co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which successfully lobbied for legislation allowing LGBTQ, teen, and other victims of intimate partner violence to access civil orders of protection. During law school, Fluke has represented numerous victims of domestic violence and human trafficking and has engaged in human rights advocacy in Kenya on behalf of child victims of domestic human trafficking.
Fluke majored in Policy Analysis and Management, as well as Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University, graduating with a BS in 2003.

Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D.
Woman of Vision Honoree

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Heidi Hartmann is the president of the Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), a scientific research organization she founded in 1987 to meet the need for women-centered, policy-oriented research. Dr. Hartmann is also a research professor at The George Washington University. Her areas of expertise include women and the economy, workforce participation, employment, pay equity, and retirement security.
Dr. Hartmann is a co-author of Still A Man's Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap; Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave; Equal Pay for Working Families; and Survival at the Bottom: The Income Packages of Low-Income Families with Children. She has published numerous articles in journals and books, and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lectures widely on women, economics, and public policy, frequently testifies before Congress, and is often cited as an authority in various media outlets.
Prior to founding IWPR, Dr. Hartmann was on the faculties of Rutgers University and the New School for Social Research and worked at the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences. In 1994, Dr. Hartmann was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Award for her work in the field of women and economics. She is vice-chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations and co-editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.

Tamika Mallory

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Tamika D. Mallory is the national executive director of one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations, National Action Network (NAN), which was founded by renowned preacher and activist Reverend Al Sharpton. Just 31-years-old, Mallory has been a member of NAN since its 1991 inception and is the youngest national executive director in the group's history.
Mallory was introduced to the world of civil rights at a young age by her parents, who were founding members of NAN. Currently making headlines around the country for her tireless activism and strong stance on women's issues, anti-violence, and voter registration, Mallory was chosen by Ebony Magazine as one of the 30 most influential national leaders under 30, and she was publicly applauded as a "leader of tomorrow" by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama. She has worked closely with the Obama administration on civil rights issues, including education, equal rights for women, health care reform, gun violence and police misconduct. Recently, Mallory was named one of's 100 future leaders.
Mallory has been featured on CNN, FOX, TV One, MSNBC and other media outlets. She sits on News Corp's Diversity Advisory Council and is a board member of Youth-in-Action. Mallory holds a B.S. in Communications from the College of New Rochelle, and resides in New York City with her 13-year-old son Tarique.

Dr. Vivian Pinn
NOW Foundation Victoria J. Mastrobuono
Women's Health Award Honoree

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Dr. Vivian W. Pinn's contributions to women's health and the field of women in science and medicine are truly extraordinary. As the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health, she dedicated two decades to ensuring that women's health was a high priority at NIH.
Dr. Pinn played a key role in putting gender, racial and ethnic disparities in medical research and health care policy on the national agenda. One of her primary objectives was to increase the number of women in leadership roles in research and academic institutions. Dr. Pinn helped develop a re-entry program to assist scientists in re-establishing themselves in their fields after interruptions in their careers due to reasons such as family responsibilities.
Among Dr. Pinn's many firsts, she was the only African American and the only woman in her class to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1967, and in 1982 she became the first African-American woman to chair an academic pathology department in the United States, at Howard University College of Medicine.
Dr. Pinn has received numerous honors. She was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from the American Medical Women's Association, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

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