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International Women's Day (March 8) will be a day of remembrance and celebration in honor of the first National Women Conference (1977) that was held with support from the U.S. government. There is so much to learn about this time in our history as country and the people who played an active role in changing the world we live in. We can share this experience with students and also include their voices in the future of our world.
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This forum at Bay Path University ( Longmeadow, MA) will be inspired by the format of the NATIONAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE, 1977. The National Women's Conference of November 18-21, 1977, held in Houston, was the first meeting of its type in the United States since the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. It provided an opportunity to evaluate and make recommendations on the role of women in this country through a discussion of specific issues and ideas. The event at Bay Path will provide an opportunity to revisit the agenda of 1977 and set new goals that can be reviewed by all who participate and attend. We will recognize the contributions of women, assess the progress of women, and note the barriers women face -- as well as note recommendations and solutions.
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In 1977, approximately 2,000 delegates from fifty states and six territories participated in the meeting. It was required to include varied economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and age groups. The conference was organized after a 1975 United Nations conference in Mexico City celebrating the "International Year of the Woman," which was later extended to an "International Decade for Women." President Gerald R. Ford had established early in 1975 a thirty-five-member National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year to make recommendations to promote equality between men and women. Congressional action came at the same time with Public Law 94-167, which was introduced by United States Congresswomen Bella S. Abzug and Patsy Mink and called for the commission to organize and convene a national women's conference in 1977. In 2017, we will revisit their success and re-energize the agenda to advance women today.