Media Advisory

Gloria Steinem and other feminists to speak on campus this weekend

Contact: Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944
yanwar@berkeley.edu

20 April 2009

ATTENTION: General assignment and feature reporters and editors, photo desks


 WHAT

Pioneering feminist and Ms. Magazine founder Gloria Steinem and United Farm Workers Union co-founder Dolores Huerta will join more than two dozen nationally prominent activists and authors at the University of California, Berkeley, for a two-day Multicultural Women's Leadership Conference.

The event is being hosted by Engage Her, a non-profit women's leadership organization, and co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's multicultural student development unit in the Division of Equity and Inclusion. It will be capped by a conversation between Steinem; Huerta; Aileen Hernandez, former president of the National Organization for Women (NOW); and human rights activist Yuri Kochiyama about the next generation of feminism.

 WHEN

Valley Life Sciences Building Auditorium, Room 2050, UC Berkeley campus. See campus map at: http://berkeley.edu/map/maps/large_map.html.

 WHERE

This Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Steinem's keynote address is on Sunday at noon in the Valley Life Sciences Building's auditorium. The "The Four Legends of Feminism: Passing the Baton" conversation will be held at the same location on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. For conference schedule details, visit: http://www.engageher.org/.

 WHO

DETAILS

Linda Williams, UC Berkeley associate chancellor, will make welcoming remarks along with Huerta on Saturday. Other speakers will include author and Women's Media Center co-chair Helen Zia; Marie C. Wilson, co-founder of Take Your Daughter to Work Day; and Lesley Pinckney, general manager of Essence.com. Discussion topics will include health and sexuality, education, the economy, climate change, media stereotypes, social and family support, family work/life issues, feminism and "womanism."