Betty Friedan changed the world: we can, too

Dear Readers, Colleagues and Sister Scholars and Activists:

Friday, November 8th, scholars and activists will gather to examine The Feminine Mystique: what its publication meant then, and — most important — what it means now.

Activist-discussants include yours’-truly, along with friends of long-standing Chris Riddiough, Anne Ladky, Joan Hall and moderator, Mary Ann Johnson. Studying women’s history so we repeat the good work is what I’m all about; I know you are, too. So, do join me.

Details on the symposium may be found below.



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Women, Power, and Influence: Three Exceptional Women, One Great Discussion

Women, Power, Influence banner Hosted by Women Employed, this program will launch Every Day Is Election Day in Chicago. It will be moderated by WE executive director Anne Ladky and include panelists:

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, 2nd District of Illinois, who just won a tough and crowded race with the solid experience, know-how, and networks she’s built in years of public service, and Susan Sher, first Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, who helped shape the First Lady’s agenda and brought her health care expertise to key policy debates. She’s now back at the University of Chicago Medical Center as Executive Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs, and yours’-truly. More info to follow @ #GirlPolitics, or go to

Thanks to Northern Trust for its sponsorship.

Happy Fourth of July week to all.

Sincerely, Rebecca