International Women’s Day Celebration

March 8, 2020 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
AS220 Main Stage
115 Empire Street

Prof. Louise Lamphere’s first major publication was Woman, Culture and Society co-edited with Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo (1974). This pioneering work brought the 1960s feminist movement into academia and challenged anthropology’s patriarchal perspective. Her second book, From Working Daughters to Working Mothers (1977), chronicled the lives and struggles of immigrant women workers in Central Falls, Rhode Island. In addition to her academic work, she also led a key class action lawsuit against Brown University which forced the school to hire qualified women as tenured professors. In September 1977 Brown accepted an historic consent decree designed “to achieve on behalf of women full representativeness with respect to faculty employment at Brown.” Brown agreed to set up an Affirmative Action Monitoring Committee charged with overseeing the processes departments used to hire, tenure, and promote faculty to be sure they were fair; evaluating searches to make sure they were inclusive; and monitoring progress toward full representation of women on the faculty.

Attorney Lynette Labinger is celebrated as one of Rhode Island’s most successful and dedicated social advocacy lawyers, playing a significant role in cases and court decisions that have affected everything from equality in women’s athletics to the rights of prison preachers, avant-garde artists and same-sex couples.

In 1991, Attorney Lynette Labinger began representing several young women who were suing Brown University after the Ivy League refused to reconsider the demotion of women’s gymnastics and volleyball from fully funded sports to donor-funded ones. The suit charged Brown with sex discrimination in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which states that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Attorney Labinger won the case, and Brown had to restore funding to the women’s teams. It is still considered by many to be the most significant legal action in the history of women’s sports.

Join us for a discussion of the lessons we can learn from past struggles, ideas for moving forward, and a conversation about movements for gender equality and human liberation.

co-sponsored by Providence Democratic Socialists of America