Annual Conference 1999: Choosing to Lead

Thursday, December 9, 1999 - Saturday, December 11, 1999


Choosing to Lead: Women's and Girls' Visions For the Next Century
December 9 - 11, 1999
United Nations Headquarters, New York City




Click Here for the Conference Program
Click Here for the proceedings of the 2nd Annual Awards Dinner for Women Who Make a Difference
Click Here to order tapes of conference sessions.

The National Council for Research on Women is grateful to the following foundations for their support:
The Ford Foundation (core support)
Jurzykowski Foundation, Open Society Institute, and Rockefeller Foundation (Global Initiative)



The events of December 9 and 10 highlighted the message that "women's rights are human rights... take action to make it happen." We brought this collective message from women around the world to the governmental delegates who were assembled at the United Nations to commemorate the Universal Decaration of Human Rights, as well as the media.




Thursday, December 9 - Saturday, December 11, 1999
United Nations, New York City

"Women are poised to shape American values publicly on a scale to which they have never before had access. Much is riding on whether and how they choose to lead."
Constance Buchanan, Choosing to Lead: Women and the Crisis of American Values (1997, Boston: Beacon Books)

"Women also are underrepresented in decision-making positions in fields including the arts, culture, sports, the media, education,religion, and law." United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women -- Platform for Action
Over the past half-century, women have made significant strides in creating and claiming leadership positions and calling for changes in social, cultural, and political institutions -- in their homes, in the halls of government, in the media, in organized religion, in the arts and humanities, and in voluntary organizations. Women leaders have emphasized the human dimensions of collective life by prioritizing family, health and welfare, good governance, economic and social justice, safety and equal opportunity in the workplace, and quality education for all. The year 2000 marks both an election year in the United States, and the five-year review by the United Nations of progress made since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. At this watershed moment, women from across the country and the globe will gather at NCRW's Annual Conference to take stock of women's leadership and its transformative potential.

“Women’s and Girls’ Leadership: Visions and Values” featuring Angela Blackwell; Lisa
Sullivan; Linda Tarr-Whelan; Rosina Wiltshire; and moderated by Constance Buchanan

Reading from Necessary Targets by playwright and activist Eve Ensler
Panels on Women’s Leadership in Technology, Economics, Politics, Higher Education,
Grassroots Activism, and the Corporate Arena
Focus on Women’s Human Rights and Beijing Plus Five
Statement by UN Secretary-General Mr. Kofi Annan on the CEDAW Protocol for International Human Rights Day

Charting New Terrain: Insights into the Production of Knowledge
Crafting Women’s and Girls’ Agendas for Election 2000 and Beijing Plus Five
The National Council for Research on Women is grateful to the following foundations for their support:
The Ford Foundation (Core Support)
Rockefeller Foundation, Jurzykowski Foundation, and Open Society Institute (Global Initiative)



Thursday, December 9

12:00-5:00 pm Registration (The Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, Second Floor, corner of 1st Ave. and 44th St.)
12:30-2:30 pm Minnesota Teleconference Advisory Committee Meeting (UNDP Conference Room, 4th Floor, 1 UN Plaza; 1st Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets)
12:45-2:45 pm Working Group on Youth (2 UN Plaza, DC-2, Room 1225, 44th Street between 1st and 2nd)
3:00 pm Welcome (Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium)
Donna Shavlik and Linda Basch (NCRW)
Yakin Erturk (United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women)
Rosina Wiltshire (United Nations Development Programme)
3:00-6:00 OPENING PLENARY: "Women's and Girls' Leadership: Visions and Values"
(Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium)
Key women leaders will set the stage for the Conference by sharing their perspectives on women's
leadership, as well as successful strategies for cooperation and the major issues to be addressed
throughout the conference. What are our visions for the new century? What must be changed about
leaders and leadership to accomplish these visions? How have differences of race, class, nationality,
generation, and sexual orientation affected our ability to present and act on our visions, and how can
collaborations be forged that bridge these divides? How can women and girls realize their values and
perspectives in the leadership positions they both hold and aspire to? What would leadership transformed
by these values and perspectives look like? Will we "choose to lead"?
Angela Blackwell (President, Policy Link)
Linda Tarr-Whelan (U.S. Ambassador to the Commission on the Status of Women, Center for Policy
Rosina Wiltshire (United Nations Development Programme)
Lisa Sullivan (Listen Inc.)
Constance Buchanan (Division of Education, Knowledge and Religion, Ford Foundation)

7:00-9:00 pm Awards Dinner: Women Leaders Who Make a Difference (UN Delegates Dining Room)
The National Council for Research on Women is pleased to honor the following women
for providing us with examples of what women’s leadership can mean to society:
Gloria Steinem, the founder of Ms. Magazine, for her role in projecting feminist thinking and
perspectives onto the national and global landscape; Lisa Y. Sullivan, Founder and President of Listen, Inc.
for her success in inspiring urban youth to participate in their communities; Nafis Sadik,
Director of the United Nations Population Fund; Dr. Shirley Malcom, Director of Education
and Human Resources at the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences for her
encouragement to women and girls in the sciences; Jacki Hoffman-Zehner, a Managing Director of
Goldman, Sachs & Co. for promoting diversity in the corporate sector;
Eve Ensler, feminist activist and author of The Vagina Monologues for her contribution to the arts;
and Dr. Mariam Chamberlain, economist and feminist scholar for her work as a catalyst in
the advancement of women in higher education.

Friday, December 10

Corporate Women Creating Corporate Change: New Visions, Policies, and Practices (ConferenceRoom E)
Women leaders from the corporate arena will discuss strategies they have implemented, and strategies
that need to be implemented, to create more gender-sensitive policies and environments. They will also
address the role of research in fostering these practices.
Janet Corcoran (GE Capital)
Carol Hollenshead (Center for Education of Women, University of Michigan)
Katherine Tobin (Catalyst)
Elizabeth Vale (Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter)
Moderator: Melinda Wolfe (Goldman Sachs)

Grassroots Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Academic Activists (Conference Room B)

Panelists will explore the benefits and challenges of collaborations between women in grassroots
organizations and women in the academy. It will identify the strategies that have been implemented to
build bridges across these worlds, how women have mediated real (and assumed) differences of
perspective between academics and grassroots organizers, and the policy implications of this kind of
Jaime Grant (Union Institute Center for Women)
Vivien Labaton (Third Wave Foundation)
Aruna Rao (Consultant, Gender and Institutional Change)
Stefanie Samuels (York University)
Latifah Simon (Young Women's Work Project)
Sarah Boonin (Feminist Majority)
Discussant: Debra Schultz (Open Society Institute)
Moderator: Deborah Thomas (NCRW)

Women Shaping the Future through Technology and Innovation (Dag Hammarskjold Library
This panel will address the relationship between women and technology – both for women who are
involved in the information technology field, and for those who are interested in capitalizing on
technology to achieve other goals. Panelists will review the key issues confronting women in the field of
technology, will identify the kinds of changes necessary and the types of policies that would be useful,
and will pinpoint a vision for the future. The panel will also focus on creative practices with the potential
for making these fields more accessible and attractive to young women and girls.
Anita Borg (Institute for Women and Technology; Xerox Palo Alto Research Center)
Jane Fountain (Radcliffe Public Policy Center)
Angela Ginorio (Northwest Center for Research on Women, University of Washington)
Cheris Kramarae (American Association of University Women Educational Foundation)
Discussant: Cecily Selby (Radcliffe Public Policy Center)
Moderator: Kim Longworth (Consortium for Women and Research, UC-Davis)

1:00-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-2:30 Dag Hammarskjold Library Auditorium
2:45-3:45 pm United Nations Human Rights Day (ECOSOC Gallery, 3rd Floor)

2:45-3:45 pm United Nations Human Rights Day (ECOSOC Gallery, 3rd Floor)
Eve Ensler, playwright and activist, will open the afternoon sessions with a reading on
Kosova from her play Necessary Targets

NCRW conference participants will move to the Panel Discussion on Optional Protocol to the
Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women in the ECOSOC
chamber to hear the Opening Statement by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan.

3:45-5:45pm PLENARY: Focus on Women's Human Rights and Beijing Plus Five (Dag Hammarskjold Library
Panelists will discuss their experiences in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1995
at the Fourth World Conference on Women in critical areas of concern -- legislative and policy creation,
institutional development, and grassroots activism. They will share "best practices" as well as identify
persistent obstacles to the implementation of the Platform's human rights framework.
Charlotte Bunch (Center for Women’s Global Leadership)
Krishanti Dharmaraj (WILD)
Vesna Kesic (BaBe)
Ann Lewis (White House)
Mmatshilo Motsei (ADAPT, South Africa)
Moderator: Kristen Timothy (Former Deputy Director, UN DAW; Research Scholar, NCRW)
Commentators: Alice Dan; Beatrice Jacobson (Iowa Women’s Consortium); Stanlie James (Women’s
Studies Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison); Jessica Neuwirth (Equality Now); LaWanda
Ravoira (PACE Center for Girls); Vicki Semler (International Women’s Tribune Center)
6:00-6:30 pm Break
Refreshments will be served at the Church Center (777 UN Plaza, 1st Avenue and 44th Street, Second
6:30-8:00pm ROUNDTABLE: Talking Leadership – Conversations with Powerful Women (Church Center)
Women leaders will speak about what they envision as the challenges to women's leadership in the next
century. What kinds of alliances and coalitions -- both within and outside of the women's movement --
will be necessary as we move into the future? How will we negotiate differences of race, class,
nationality, generation, and sexual orientation? What kinds of strategies will be most successful in
assuring a continuous succession of women leaders?
Introduction: Donna Shavlik (Former Director of OWHE/ACE)
Participants: Madeleine Kunin; Deborah L. Rhode (Stanford Law School); Myra Stroeber (Atlantic
Foundation; Stanford University); Anita Borg; Noeleen Heyzer (UNIFEM)
Moderator: Mary Hartman (Institute for Women's Leadership, Rutgers University)
8:30-10:30 pm Working Group on Leadership (Buffet Dinner, International Women’s Tribune Center – 3rd Floor)

Saturday, December 11

9:00-9:30 am REPORTS

US Women Connect
Joan Winship (Stanley Foundation)
Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices, Women’s Solutions: Shaping a National Agenda for Women in
Higher Education
(National Teleconference March 2000)
Rusty Barcelo, University of Minnesota

9:30-11:15 am ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS: Crafting Women's and Girls' Agendas for Election 2000
and Beijing Plus Five

During this facilitated brainstorming session, participants will brainstorm about key issues -- including
women's health, violence against women, welfare reform, the "care" economy, social security, pay equity,
educational reform, and others -- in order to develop women's and girls' agendas for Election 2000 and
Beijing Plus Five. The group will also discuss strategies for taking this agenda to the public.
Sara Gould (Ms. Foundation); Shari Miles (African-American Women's Institute, Howard University);
Francine Moccio (Institute for Women and Work, Cornell University); Kathy Rodgers (NOW LDEF);
Sandra Morgen (Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon); Eleanor Smeal
(Feminist Majority)
Charting New Terrain: Insights into the Production of Knowledge
Two feminist scholars will make presentations on how, drawing on feminist theory, they have been able
to challenge cultural assumptions and power relations, ask innovative questions, and make fresh
connections across disciplines, modes of thinking, and conceptual frameworks.
Sandra Harding (Center for the Study of Women, UCLA)
Bonnie Thornton-Dill (Women's Studies and Sociology, University of Maryland-College Park)
Comments: Beverly Guy-Sheftall (Women's Resource and Research Center, Spelman College)
Moderator: Margaret Wilkerson (Division of Education, Knowledge and Religion, Ford Foundation)
1:30-3:00 pm Closing Member Center Luncheon/ State of NCRW/ Wrap-Up
3:00-9:00 pm Board Meeting and Dinner
4:00-6:00 pm Fourth Wave Working Group Meeting at Third Wave Foundation
(116 East 16th Street, 7th Fl., between
Park Avenue and Irving Place)

Sunday, December 12

9:00-12:00pm Research Roundtable Discussion on Women and Diversity

(NCRW offices, 11 Hanover Square, 20th Floor)
Organizer and Facilitator: Sharon Parker (American Institute for Managing Diversity, Inc.)
The purpose of this roundtable is to define the challenges women will face in the 21st century, and
specifically with respect to full participation in the work force. We will also attempt to identify strategies
for addressing these challenges, including a research agenda.


Linda Basch; Charlotte Bunch; Hester Eisenstein; Demie Kurz; Lynn Gangone; Angela Ginorio; Geeta Rao Gupta; Beverly Guy-
Sheftall; Mary Hartman; Carol Hollenshead; Biljana Kasic; Kim Longworth; Shari Miles; Francine Moccio; Sandra Morgen; Anne
Mosle; Caryn McTighe Musil; Heather Johnston Nicholson; Miglena Nikolchina; Judith Saidel; Cynthia Secor; Vicky Semler; Donna
Shavlik; Deborah Thomas; Kristen Timothy; Beth Willinger


Electa Arenal; Florence Howe; Prema Mathai-Davis; Hester Eisenstein; Madeline Lamour; Francine Moccio; Mary Murphree;
Jan Poppendieck; Kathy Rodgers; Sheila Wellington

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