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The 2017 Women’s March signaled a new day in women’s activism, turning out millions of women across the country and the globe. Building on that momentum, last month’s march did not disappoint, reflecting persistent urgency to change the political climate for all women and girls. Coverage of the movement points to the need for systemic change, especially in the wake of revelations last fall regarding numerous, high profile criminal sexual misconduct cases affecting women in professional environments and in women’s sports.
That’s where you come in. We are making the AAUW difference, by convening women across generations, demographic groups and professions on issues that matter, such as equal pay, Title IX, DACA and student loans.
Further, 2018 is an election year, presenting that rare occasion where our issues can take center stage. Now is our time to speak with our elected officials on the Hill in Nashville and local candidates in our communities to ensure that women are empowered as they pursue education, launch careers and contribute to the economy.
This year’s convention zeroes in on the inspiration, tools and opportunities related to making that change in our communities and across the state on behalf of women and girls.
*This schedule is subject to change
Friday, March 16, 2018
3:00 PM – The Circle of the Watchfire: a special program of Chick History for all attendees that interprets the Suffrage Movement through actual speeches by Tennessee suffragists (Sue Sheldon White and Mary Church Terrell). This will be a student-led interactive interpretation. Come for the history, stay for the entertainment!
6:00 PM – Dinner and board meeting at The Parthenon Bar and Grille: open to all, dinner price not included in registration
Saturday, March 17, 2018
8:00 AM – Convention kicks off with registration and continental breakfast (included with registration fee)
Full schedule details TBA. Program highlights include…
-CEO of AAUW national, Kimberley Churches joins us to address the future of AAUW and the work we do on behalf of all women.
-AAUW-TN will acknowledge the work of State Representative John Ray Clemmons, chief sponsor of the equal pay bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.
-Special break-out workshop for students, The Power of One, empowers students to take a stand for what is right on campus by using the 4-D’s model of intervention. By educating students on the 4-D model, we will end gender-based violence and increase students’ confidence to speak up when they see a lack of inclusion. Every student has the power to make their campus a safer place.
-Agenda and Action: What We Can Do for Women and Girls in 2018? This dynamic discussion on priority issues for women and girls will be held with representatives from sister organizations, such as Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee and others.
12:00 PM – Lunch (included with registration fee)
2:00 PM – AAUW of Tennessee business meeting
3:00 PM – Adjournment