Propose a workshop
The National Organization for Women Foundation invites you to submit a workshop proposal for the 2014 National NOW Conference.
The conference will take place June 27-29 at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Its theme is “Faces of Feminism: Strength in Diversity.” Albuquerque is justly noted for its cultural diversity with more than 70 different ethnicities calling it home. What better place for a conference on this theme?
As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, with hundreds of chapters and state organizations, NOW’s annual conference will bring together about 500 activists from across the country to discuss, debate and commit to action to achieve our feminist vision.
We know that women’s rights are under attack in state after state, including not only access to reproductive health care, but also funding for social programs that disproportionately serve and employ women. These attacks harm all women, but women of color are systematically more vulnerable and more affected by them. Perhaps nowhere is this more starkly evident than in the skyrocketing disparities in income, wealth and health outcomes between white women and women of color. We, at NOW, know that we must build – in many ways, rebuild – the women’s movement from the strength of diversity and inclusion and through the practice of intersectionality.
You can engage with us in giving voice to these issues by proposing a workshop for the conference.
Every workshop at the 2014 conference must have a component that is reflective of the perspective of women of color, including feminists of color who are lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender; differently abled; in low-income communities; and those of all ages.
Workshop proposals should relate to NOW’s six priority issues and/or our current campaigns. NOW’s six priority issues are:
- Promoting diversity & ending racism;
- Advancing reproductive rights and justice;
- Winning lesbian rights;
- Ensuring economic justice;
- Stopping violence against women; and
- A constitutional equality amendment for women.
Our current campaigns include: voter education and mobilization for the 2014 elections; marriage equality; full funding for Violence Against Women Act programs; and a women’s economic agenda including paid family leave, paid sick days, child care, Social Security benefit enhancements, minimum wage increase and justice for low-wage workers like Walmart and restaurant employees.
We anticipate three types or “tracks” of workshops addressing the above issues through a multicultural, intersectional lens:
- Workshops on developing cultural engagement with issues of racism and white privilege, other types of privilege, intersectionality and inclusiveness. Some examples to get you thinking:
- Black feminist thought
- Engaging men in the struggle
- Engaging with labor allies in the struggle
- Institutionalized racism
- Let’s talk about race and white privilege
- Women of color with disabilities
- LGBT women of color
- Women of color and religion
- Women of color in the online space
- Working with and within tribal communities
- Workshops on creating political, social and economic policy solutions to issues of voter engagement, health and wealth disparities, violence, reproductive justice, and discrimination on the basis / intersecting bases of sex, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. Some examples:
- Disparities in health outcomes among women across race, age and income/wealth
- Immigrant women & access to health care
- Income and wealth disparities among women
- Low-wage workers’ rights (Walmart; tipped workers)
- Marriage equality
- Minimum wage
- Public education (Title IX; public funding of charter schools while public schools are defunded or closed)
- Reproductive justice (discriminatory regulation; abortion bans in violation of Roe v. Wade; funding abortion care for all / elimination of Hyde Amendment)
- Violence Against Women (military sexual assault; gun violence; stand your ground laws; funding VAWA programs)
- Voting rights & voter engagement
- Women’s economic agenda (paycheck fairness; paid sick days and family leave; child care; retirement security; Social Security caregiver credits; etc.)
- School to prison pipeline
- Skills-building for grassroots activists. Some examples:
- How to lobby your state legislature
- Social media
- Nonviolent civil disobedience
- Organizing a rally or demonstration in your community
- How to increase your chapter’s membership
- NOW chapter organizing
- Voter registration and mobilization
- Working in coalitions
- How to get great local press / media coverage of your chapter’s action
- Writing op-eds and letters to the editor that get published
- How to run a meeting / introduction to parliamentary procedure
As always, workshops should be timely and include an action component. That is, in addition to identifying the problem, discussing challenges and proposing solutions, each workshop should also suggest efforts that activists can take in their local communities to increase public awareness and/or push for change.
We regret that we are unable to reimburse travel expenses or waive the registration fee for workshop presenters. However, we offer a sliding scale for registrations, and, for those who are not NOW members, a free one-year membership.
- Please complete the proposal submission form, and remember that to be considered, your workshop panel must have a component reflecting the perspectives of feminists of color, and must offer a diversity of voices, including diversity of race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, ability and wealth/income status.
- In order for your workshop proposal to be complete, you must:
- Provide the names and full contact information of the moderator and two or more panelists; usually no more than four panelists are best.
- Confirm the interest and availability of your proposal panelists before submitting the proposal.
- Provide the qualifications of all proposed panelists
- Specify the diversity (race, age, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity, etc.) each panelist represents.
- Workshop proposals that are incomplete will not be considered. NOW may need to combine similar workshop proposals and will check with each coordinator beforehand.
- Workshops will take place on Friday and Saturday, so be sure to indicate which day(s) you and your other panelists are able to present. Although we are unable to promise a specific time slot, if your workshop is accepted, we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
- Travel: Please remember that NOW is not able to pay travel or room and meal expenses for workshop presenters. Workshop presenters attending the conference for just their presentation may pay the one-day ($65) registration rate or utilize the sliding scale (starting at $0 for NOW members and $35 for non-members).
- Handouts: Information tables will be located in the workshop rooms to display your information. Please bring enough materials to distribute to a minimum of 50 participants, and prepare at least 5 large print handouts for participants with visual impairments.
- Technology: Access to LCD projectors is very limited! Please include in your proposal a list of all the pieces of equipment you want us to consider providing, so we can attempt to meet your request. We cannot promise that we will be able to do so.