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Friday, November 15

Registration: School of Law Atrium, 9am-5pm

Law School Appellate Courtroom:


Welcoming Remarks by Roger Williams University President, Donald Farish


Opening General Session: "The Equal Rights Amendment: A Mosaic Inkblot Test"
Roberta Francis, Co-Chair, ERA Task Force, National Council of Women’s Organizations


Panel #1: ERA Activism in Action
Chaired by Lucienne Beard, Alice Paul Institute

“The Equal Rights Amendment: What Was Alice Paul Thinking?”
J.D. Zahniser, Alice Paul Biographer

“How Did the ERA Save Paulsdale?”
Barbara Haney Irvine, Alice Paul Institute

“What Will My Generation Do for the ERA?”
Devon Hartsough, Alice Paul Institute Girls Advisory Council


Lunch Session: (on your own)


Panel #2: The ERA and Its Opposition
Chaired by Jeffrey Meriwether, Roger Williams University

“Gloria Steinem of the Right: The Visual Politics of Phyllis Schlafly”
Helis Sikk, The College of William and Mary

“The Power of the Positive Woman” Phyllis Schlafly’s Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment”
Christine Knauer, University of Tuebingen

“Eliza Paschall’s Conversion: One Woman’s Movement from NOW to STOP ERA”
Robin Morris, Agnes Scott College

“Theresa Hicks vs. ‘Politicking on Government Time:’ Fighting the Equal Rights Amendment though Opposition to the Commission on the Status of Women”
Michele Grigsby Coffey, University of South Carolina


Coffee Break


Film Screening of Makers, hosted by Amy Richards, with Q & A to follow

Field House:


Keynote Dinner


Keynote Address: Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner


Book Signing, Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner

Saturday, November 16

Registration: School of Law Atrium, 9am-3pm

Law School Appellate Courtroom:


Panel #3: What is Gained With an ERA?
Chaired by Rosemary Nossiff, Marymount Manhattan College

“Development and Philosophy of the Pregnancy Help Movement in the U.S.”
Sara Matthiesen, Brown University

“Is Title IX Enough?”
Carney Maley, University of Massachusetts, Boston

“State Equal Rights Amendments Revisited: Evaluating Their Effectiveness in Advancing Protection Against Sex Discrimination”
Linda Wharton, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

“’The Most to Gain’: Pauli Murray and the Reconsideration of the Equal Rights Amendment”
Meredith Clark-Wiltz, Franklin College

“Organizing for the ERA: Building Momentum”
Bettina Hager, National Women’s Political Caucus


ERA Roundtable:
Moderated by Roger Williams University Provost,
Andrew Workman

Jennifer Baumgardner, Feminist Press
Terry O’Neill, National Organization for Women (NOW)
Emily Sack, Roger Williams University School of Law
Ellie Smeal, Feminist Majority


Lunch (on your own)


Two Great Oceans
Dramatic reading of a play by Roberta Francis
Directed by Jeffrey Martin
Elizabeth Cady Stanton performed by Lee Rush Schwartz
Frederick Douglass performed by Clark Smith



Coffee Break

Panel #4: The ERA and Ideas of Womanhood
Chaired by Jennifer Stevens, Roger Williams University

“Evangelical and Fundamental Christian Women, the Equal Rights Amendment, and Competing Definitions of Womanhood”
Chelsea Griffis, The University of Toledo

“Reinterpreting the ERA’s Failure: Debating the Fate of the Housewife in the New Postindustrial Order”
Kirsten Swinth, Fordham University

“To Be Regarded as Persons: The Equal Rights Amendment and the Rise of Emancipationism, 1936-1946”
Rebecca DeWolf, American University

“Reevaluating the Aftermath of Suffrage: The Underestimation of State and Local Achievements”
Marla James, Brookdale Community College

“’Trying to Bail the Ocean with a Sieve’: What Women’s Rights Legislation in the 1940s Might Teach Us in the 21st Century”
Gwen Jordan, University of Illinois-Springfield



Panel #5: Gaps With or Without the ERA
Chaired by Laura D’Amore, Roger Williams University

“The Economics of Equal Rights: Pay Equity and ‘The Gender Gap’”
Lisa Newcity, Roger Williams University

“The Equal Rights Amendment and the LGBTQ: The Women the ERA Will Not Protect”
Gregory Bagnall, University of Rhode Island

“Ratification of the ERA and Voting for Female Candidates: Is There a Connection”
June Sager Speakman, Roger Williams University

“The Equal Rights Amendment: A Comparative Law Perspective—What Can the United States Learn from the Rest of the World?”
Hillel Sommer, Radzyner Law School, Herzlia
Meital Pinto, Carmel Academic Center, Haifa


Wrap Up


Optional: Jane Eyre at The Barn, Roger Williams University