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IWD Conference Themes

In 2005 the theme was “The Global Women’s Health Crisis and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Working Towards Healing,” and speakers included H.E. Inonge Lewanika, the Ambassador of Zambia to the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean; Dr. Kaethe Weingarten, clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School; and Dr. Leslie Wolfe, director of the Center for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

In 2006 the theme was “Women in the Global and Local Economy: The Power of Connection,” with a special keynote address by activist and best-selling author Frances Moore Lappé. Speakers included Dr. Caren Grown, codirector of the Levy Institute for Economics at Bard College and Michaela Walsh, founding president of Women’s World Banking.

In 2007, the theme was “From Literacy to Leadership: Education Empowering Women Worldwide,” and speakers included President Joanne Creighton of Mount Holyoke College, President Mary Grant of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Provost and Vice President Mary Marcy of Simon’s Rock, Fahima Vorgetts, founding board member of Women for Afghan Women, and many others.

In 2008, the theme was "Women in Politics: Changing the Face of Power," and speakers included Governor Madeleine Kunin, former Governor of Vermont and U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland; Suzanne Bump, Secretary for Labor and Workforce Development in the Cabinet of Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts; and Mary Marcy, Provost, Bard College at Simon's Rock

In 2009, the theme was "The Power of Women in the Arts," and speakers included Dr. Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; Karen Allen, actor and fiber artist; Veronica Chambers, noted African American journalist and author; Carol Gilligan, ground-breaking psychologist, author of In a Different Voice and many other books on the psychology of women and girls; Dr. Marjorie Agosin, poet, human rights activist and professor of Spanish at Wellesley College; Amber Chand, social entrepreneur; Kristin Jones, internationally recognized visual artist; and Martha Richards, founder of the Fund for Women Artists.