Women’s Caucus for Art Brings Women’s Rights into Sharp Visual Focus

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Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) is sponsoring a blockbuster art exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center in collaboration with an Honoring Women’s Rights conference. You can get a sneak peek of the art during the Steinbeck’s First Friday – it’s free to the public— along with pre-registration to the conference, a book reading by the keynote speaker, Louise Bernikow, and a jewelry sale. Concurrent to these arts events are a Women's Faire Trade showcasing local organizations that support and empower women and girls.

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Women's Caucus for Art Honoring Women’s Rights conference and exhibition

The conference grew from humble beginnings from a few WCA chapters honoring their national WCA anniversary to a larger all-inclusive women’s rights conference.

The Honoring Women’s Rights (HWR) conference and art exhibition is part of a year-long celebration of WCA’s 40th anniversary. The event starts September 7th at 5pm for a preview of the art exhibition, early registration and special pre-conference events. There is a full day of speakers and panels on September 8 starting at 9am. Women’s history expert, Louise Bernikow, starts the conference with her keynote talk and slide show, THE SHOULDERS WE STAND ON: WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE. California Arts Council chair, Malissa Feruzzi Shriver opens the afternoon session with a talk on art in education.
The conference grew from humble beginnings with a few WCA chapters honoring their national WCA anniversary to a larger all-inclusive women’s rights conference. Planning for the exhibit and conference to mark WCA’s anniversary began in the summer of 2011. At the same time, 19 states were passing 162 restrictive female gender laws. On February 23, 2012 at a meeting of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown Law student, spoke about lack of insurance coverage for women’s contraception. This crystalized a new women’s movement that had been simmering in every state. When national radio host, Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut and a prostitute, a nation-wide backlash erupted. Business women Karen Teegarden and Desiree Jordan were inspired to create the 4.28.12 Unite Against War on Women Rallies in every state capital. Both Sandra Fluke and Karen Teegarden are speaking in the afternoon at the Honoring Women’s Rights conference.
Other sectors included in the conference are title IX, female immigration issues, sex trade, reproductive rights, suffrage, and art education
The conference is geared to be a place where women can to meet and discuss “What next?”.

Group and General Admission tickets on sale until August 22, through http://honoringwomensrights.eventbrite.com/
http://www.nationalwca.org; Women’s Caucus for Art creates community through art, education, and social activism.
http://www.steinbeck.org; National Steinbeck Center inspires people to make a positive difference in our world, 1 Main Street, Salinas, Monterey County, CA

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