Political Science, St. Thea Bowman Center for Women

Siena welcomed students and faculty to campus for the 10th annual Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium Conference on April 8. The event featured academic panels on Definition & Inclusion, Storytelling & Performance, Global Action & Advocacy, and Harm & Well-Being; poster presentations and networking; and the panel “Future Visions: Mapping a Post-Pandemic World.”

The day-long conference concluded with the keynote presentation and book signing sponsored by the College’s Spirit of ’68 Committee. Lois Herr, a former executive with AT&T, spoke about her activist experience in groundbreaking affirmative action in the corporate world. She also signed copies of her book Women, Power, and AT&T: Winning Rights in the Workplace.

“Did we make a lasting impact?” she asked of the activist work she and her colleagues did in the early 1970s. “I hope so, because it was a marvelous thing to be involved in. I had to create my own career plan because I did not fit the accepted pattern.”

She told attendees: “Change structure, change behavior and the attitudes will follow.” 

The event was co-organized by Laurie Naranch, Ph.D., professor of political science, and Beth DeAngelis, senior director of Siena’s Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women.