Past, present and future challenges for the National Organization for Women (NOW) and feminism in the U.S.
Presented by: Terry O'Neill, current president of the National Organization for Women
Free and open to the public
Reception to follow.
About the speaker: Terry O'Neill, a feminist attorney, professor and activist for social justice, was elected president of NOW in June 2009. She is also president of the NOW Foundation and chair of the NOW Political Action Committees, and serves as the principal spokesperson for all three entities. O'Neill oversees NOW's multi-issue agenda, which includes: advancing reproductive freedom, promoting diversity and ending racism, stopping violence against women, winning lesbian rights, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women. For more information about Terry: http://www.now.org/officers/to.html
About the Rossi Lecture: This event is part of the Alice S. and Peter H. Rossi Lecture series, established to honor this distinguished academic couple. Both Professors Rossi were names Distinguished Professors and were members of the UMass Amherst Department of Sociology. Nationally, both were elected president of the American Sociological Association, and each received the Association’s highest award for distinguished scholarship. The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management now presents the Peter H. Rossi Award for exemplary contributions in program evaluation. Alice was one of the original founders of the National Organization for Women.This endowed lecture series will alternate the honorees, focusing on Pete one year, Alice the next. The lecturers will be prominent academic and public figures drawn from across the country—and indeed the world. Each will be renowned for pursuing one or more of the honoree’s interests. During a typical two-day visit, the Rossi lecturer will give a public all-campus lecture, as well as a department seminar on work in progress for faculty and graduate students, visit an undergraduate class, and be available for informal meetings and social gatherings.