On March 4 and 5, 2005, Siena College will host the “First Woman President” Symposium, college officials announced today. The conference is designed to explore the issues involved in electing the first woman president of the United States of America.
The event will kick off Friday morning, March 4, with an address by Helen Thomas, often referred to as “First Lady of the Press.” As a White House correspondent, Thomas covered every President since John F. Kennedy.
Several prominent speakers and presenters have been confirmed for the conference, including:
Mosemarie Boyd, head of American Women Presidents, a national political action committee dedicated to promoting the election of women to the U.S. presidency, and Ms. President PAC.
Eleanor Clift, contributing editor, Newsweek and co-author of the book, Madam President
Carolanne Curry, founder of First Woman President, Inc. and president emeritus of The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
Laura Liswood, founder and Secretary-General of the Council of World Women Leaders
Billie Luisi-Potts, executive director, National Women’s Hall of Fame
Robert Richie, executive director of the Center for Voting and Democracy
Helen Thomas, syndicated columnist, Hearst Newspapers, and "First Lady of the Press"
Robert Watson, professor/author/lecturer and editor of Anticipating Madam President
Marie Wilson, president, The White House Project/Women’s Leadership Fund; past-president of the Ms. Foundation for Women; creator of the acclaimed "National Take Our Daughters to Work® Day."
In addition, the symposium will feature twelve academic presentations selected in response to a nationwide call for papers.
“For two days, the ‘First Woman President’ symposium will convene an outstanding cadre of professionals studying the issue of women in political leadership, through research or in practice,” says Dr. Douglas Lonnstrom, director of the Siena College Research Institute, which is hosting the symposium in collaboration with the Siena College Center for the Study of Government and Politics; the Political Science Department; History Department; Political Science Society; Women’s and Multicultural Studies; Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women. “We think the conference is an outstanding way to launch Women’s History Month in 2005,” Lonnstrom added.
The sessions will be open to the general public who register for the event. All those interested in reviewing the agenda and registering for the conference should visit the website at the following web address.
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