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Inaugural POWER of Women Conference Held at SUNY-Cortland
The inaugural POWER of Women Conference was held on SUNY-Cortland on Saturday, April 8th with over 75 attendees, was a wonderful success. The conference was organized by FMF's Affiliate P.O.W.E.R to engage attendees in active discussion about the problems facing women today and what can be done to solve these problems.
The keynote speaker, Judy Gorman, kicked off the conference with inspirational songs. Gorman noted that women's contributions have been written out of history and that it is important to begin writing women back into history. Dr. Davis-Russell, the Provost of Cortland, recognized P.O.W.E.R's contribution to the campus and stressed how important it is to keep P.O.W.E.R to provide a forum for discussion.
There were thirteen workshops that were conducted throughout the day. Including: "Confessions of a Male Feminist", "I'm a Feminist, But...", "Life Outside the Mold: Butch and Androgynous Women's Appearance, Performance, and Society's Response", "Girl – Hate: Where Does it Start?"
Judy Gorman, Dr. Colleen Kattau and Karina Murphy closed the conference with a musical performance in Brown Auditorium. Singing songs about Emma Goldman, violence against women, and worker's rights, it was a fitting end to a conference focused on the status and roles of women both in the past and present.
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