#WeToo? The Uphill Journey to Sharing Power

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March is National Women’s History Month, a good time to reflect on the powerful structural, political, social, and cultural constraints embedded in unconscious attitudes. These beliefs are absorbed by our children through entertainment and social media, advertising, and more, reinforcing dangerous stereotypes and shaping our beliefs about the roles women should play in society

All are welcome for this series of thought-provoking conversations.

#MeToo – Why Has it Taken so Long?

Mar 1, 4:00 – 5:30

Florence George Graves is an award-winning investigative reporter and editor whose work has focused on social justice/human rights issues and abuses of government and corporate power.

Recently honored for exposing “sexual harassment long before the #MeToo movement”, Florence will talk about lessons learned from the stories she broke in the early 1990s for the Washington Post, including the unprecedented investigation of a U.S. Senator’s sexual misconduct, leading ultimately to Oregon Sen. Packwood’s resignation, and the enactment of the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act.

 

So Sexy So Soon

Mar 22, 4:00 – 5:30

Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising. Her presentation will help all of us comprehend the powerful messages children and teenagers receive from popular culture about sexuality, and offer essential, age-appropriate strategies to counter the assault.

Jean’s films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. She was once named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the most popular speakers on college campuses. She holds an honorary position at the Wellesley Centers for Women and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

 

The Suffrage Movement and the Many Remarkable Suffragists

Mar 29, 4:00 – 5:30

Fredie Kay, Esq., Founder & President of Suffrage100MA, will provide an overview of the suffrage movement in the United States with special attention to Massachusetts activists, including women of color, who worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage. It took a 72-year battle by the suffragists, some focused on changing state constitutions and others focused on a federal Constitutional amendment. Suffragists were jailed and horribly mistreated, ultimately convincing Congress to pass the 19th Amendment and then convincing states to ratify it.

On display will be several “Suffragist of the Month” display panels, created by a partnership of the Commonwealth Museum, Secretary William F. Galvin, and Suffrage100MA. 

 

All events held at First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 23 Dedham Ave, Needham

$10 donation requested for each event to support Lane Lyceum