Past Event

Faith in America: The Role of Women in Democratic Governance, with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee

April 5, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Union Theological Seminary Social Hall
Many leaders in civil society acknowledge that female perspectives add value to the political process and are critical to the formation of strong democracies. However, despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, all too often women's skills, knowledge, and leadership talents are overlooked. The obstacles preventing women from participating in political life are not merely an issue in emerging democracies but in long-established ones as well. Across the globe, women experience marginalization from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low levels of education, lack of access to health care and the disproportionate effect of poverty on women. On Wednesday, April 5th, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee headlines a distinguished panel of women entrepreneurs, activists and academics to explore how female voices can either be privileged or pushed to the peripheries of the political process. Together, panelists will consider how the presidency of Donald Trump might impact democratic engagement not only in the United States but around the world. Ms. Gbowee will be joined by: Tanya Henderson, Founder and Executive Director, Mina's List Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland, Associate Director, Women, Peace, and Security Program, Earth Institute, Columbia University Tamika Mallory, Organizing Committee, Women's March Jamia Wilson, Executive Director, Women, Action, and the Media (WAM!) The panel will be moderated by Dr. Lisa L. Thompson, Assistant Professor of Homilitics, Union Theological Seminary.