2010 National NOW Conference in Boston this July
NOW will set off some fireworks of its own over the Fourth of July weekend, when we hold our annual conference in Boston, Mass. The 2010 National NOW Conference, July 2-4, will include a summit on health and body image issues, which inspired this year's theme, "Loving Our Bodies, Changing the World."
The action-packed weekend will include engaging speakers, dynamic workshops, political strategizing, face-to-face social networking and uplifting entertainment. The line-up of fabulous speakers includes Susan Douglas, celebrated author of "Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism's Work Is Done" and "Where The Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media." Attendees will also hear from Silvia Henriquez, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Kierra Johnson, executive director of Choice USA; and Stephanie Poggi, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds.
NOW will honor longtime activist Loretta Ross with its Woman of Vision award, a distinction presented just three times before. Ross is national coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. She was one of the first African-American women to direct a rape crisis center in the 1970s and is the co-author of "Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice." It's impossible to sum up Ross' amazing contributions to feminism, so you'll just have to come to the conference to hear more!
This conference marks the inaugural presentation of the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Women's Health Award, named in memory of one of NOW's most generous supporters. The first-ever recipients are the founding members of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective. These amazing women are responsible for creating the groundbreaking book "Our Bodies Ourselves."
With mid-term elections right around the corner, the conference will include a political plenary featuring feminist candidates like Lois Herr, who is running to unseat Rep. Joe Pitts in Pennsylvania.
And how's this for excitement -- since Massachusetts is one of the few states where equal marriage is a recognized right, a lesbian couple will hold their wedding and reception on site Friday evening, and we're all invited!
Workshops will address a broad range of issues, with a number of them focused on health and body image, while others will cover economic justice, LGBT issues, ending racism, violence against women, constitutional equality and more.
After two days of intense feminist strategizing and sharing, attendees will be able to relax and cut loose with entertainment by singer/musician SONiA, one of NOW's favorite performers. And, as always, Sunday will be filled with the business of shaping NOW's agenda for the coming year. Register now and we'll see you in Boston!
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