Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Clark University, Tilton Wetzel Room
950 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
Registration is now closed. A schedule of the day’s events appears below.
In the current climate of gridlock and dysfunction, many of us are calling out for solutions to strengthen our civic foundations at the local, state, and national level. Women especially are feeling energized to “do something” to fix political institutions that are widely perceived as broken.
We’re feeling this way, too, and we’d like to help provide ideas for action.
Please join us for a full day of engaging speakers to explore lessons from women’s activist past, the key role of women leaders today, and concrete steps we can all take to strengthen our democracy going forward.
- 9:00 – 9:30 AM – Check-in and coffee
- 9:30 – 9:35 AM – Welcome
- Speaker: Mary Ann Ashton, President, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
- 9:35 – 10:20 AM – Our Activist Roots: Massachusetts Suffragists and the Power of Persistence
- Speaker: Barbara Berenson, author, Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers
- 10:20 – 10:30 AM – Break
- 10:30 – 11:30 AM – All Politics is Local: Making Democracy Work in Cities
- Moderator: Lisa Wong, Deputy Director, Asian American Civic Association, former Mayor, Fitchburg
- Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor, Newton
- Yvonne Spicer, Mayor, Framingham
- Sarai Rivera, City Councilor, Worcester
- 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Break
- 12:00 – 12:50 PM – Lunch Session, Reflections From Washington
- Keynote Speaker: Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District
- 12:50 – 1:00 PM – Break
Looking Ahead: Action Steps for Change
- 1:00 – 1:50 PM
- Speaker: Daniel Ziblatt, Professor of Government, Harvard University, co-author, How Democracies Die
- 1:50 – 2:00 PM – Break
- 2:00 –2:50 PM
- Speaker: Erin O’Brien, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston