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International Women's Day and UNIFEM

The 10th Annual International Women’s Day Conference
Women Write the World

Women Write the WorldMore than 200 people gathered on Saturday March 5 for the Tenth Annual International Women’s Day Conference at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, “Women Write the World.” Keynote speaker Sandra Steingraber, the acclaimed ecologist and author, joined other writers from around the world to celebrate the power of women’s words and to share their insights on how they have used writing as a tool for “righting” the world—in other words, how writing is used by women as a creative outlet and a vehicle for social justice.

The focus on women’s writing continues throughout the month with the first-ever Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

Read all about this year’s IWD conference, see conference photos and check the full Festival listings with the links below.

2011 Conference Program
2011 Speakers' Biographies
2011 Conference Photos

Women's Conference Encourages Justice Through Writing (News story from
Women Right the World: The Rest of the Story (News story from

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers (Click here for complete listings)

A special thanks to all the participants and supporters of this year’s Conference and Festival!

This year’s IWD Conference and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers is organized by local residents Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Erin Connor, Zoe Dalheim, Hannah Fries, Vera Kalm, Courtney Maum, Judith Nardacci and Claudette Webster.

The conference and festival are co-sponsored by Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Berkshire Women for Women Worldwide, with the invaluable support of many individuals and businesses, including Orion magazine, The Berkshire International Film Festival, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, The Women’s Times, The Women’s Interfaith Institute, Quality Printing, Kwik Print, the John A. Sellon Charitable Trust, the Ceres Foundation, and the Cultural Councils of Aford-Egremont, Becket, Dalton, Great Barrington, Monterey, Pittsfield, Richmond, Washington, and West Stockbridge, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Massachusetts Cultural Council