Many women played prominent roles during the New Deal, yet their lasting contributions to the social welfare of the nation go largely unsung. The Living New Deal, in collaboration with the Frances Perkins Center and the National New Deal Preservation Association, is hosting a conference, “Women and the Spirit of the New Deal,” bringing together authors, scholars, historians, activists and those in public life to fill in a significant gap in our understanding and appreciation of the women who led the New Deal and provide an inspiring model for today.
The conference is open to the public on a donation basis. Please click on the following link to register.
“Women and the Spirit of the New Deal” will feature leading writers, scholars, and activists. Among them:
PROFESSOR ROBERT REICH
former Secretary of Labor and author of The Work of Nations; Saving Capitalism; and the documentary, Inequality
co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize and biographer of Frances Perkins—the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet
author of two books about women of the New Deal: Eleanor and Hick and Furious Improvisation, about the director of the Federal Theatre Project, Hallie Flanagan.
PROFESSOR ALICE KESSLER-HARRIS
Columbia University historian and author of In Pursuit of Equity and Women Have Always Worked
documentary filmmaker of Grab a Hunk of Lightning, about her grandmother, Dorothea Lange
political director for California Federation of Labor
Green Party leader, former Mayor of Richmond, California, and recent candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California.
We invite you to join us to learn about how women shaped the New Deal and how the New Deal spirit can be revived to meet critical challenges today. You can register at this website.
Space is limited to 100 participants