The Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Young Women’s Leadership Conference: From Campus to Congress will start tomorrow, kicking off an exciting weekend of plenary sessions, workshops, and guest speakers. The Campus to Congress Conference will focus on how young women can impact domestic and global issues, including reproductive rights, sweatshops, peace, the environment, the media, and violence against women.
Saturday’s program will focus on domestic issues, with speakers including Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), former Congressional candidate Donna Edwards, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, National Congress of Black Women President Dr. E. Faye Williams, and National Organization for Women (NOW) President Kim Gandy. Student activists will have the opportunity to attend workshops on strengthening their student groups, fundraising, and running for office.
The second day of the conference will examine global feminist issues, including the fight for global reproductive rights, war as a women’s issue from Afghanistan to Iraq to Darfur, and foreign policy that affects women. Dr. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and UN special envoy to Darfur, will speak, as well as FMF President Eleanor Smeal and Executive Vice-President Katherine Spillar, Afghan Youth Soccer League Founder Awista Ayub, NOW Executive Vice-President Olga Vives, and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington President and CEO Jatrice Martel Gaiter.