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Women in Politics: Past, Present and Future



Registration information available through The Benjamin Center

Friday, April 21, FDR Library Highlights

$75 includes Cocktail Reception & Dinner

(Almost sold out)


2:00 pm     Arrival & Registration

                 Opportunity to explore the museum

4:00 pm    Greetings & Theme Setting: Milstein Auditorium

                 Paul Sparrow, Director, FDR Presidential Library & Museum

                 Marissa Shorenstein, President of AT&T New York

                 Susan Lewis, Conference Chair, Department of History, SUNY New Paltz

4:30 pm    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, introduced by Marissa Shorenstein

5:00 pm    Women in Politics: Women @ Work 2017 NYS Views on Women (VOW) Poll*

                 Dr. Eve Waltermaurer, Director of Research & Evaluation, The Benjamin Center, SUNY New Paltz

5:15 pm    Stories of Success: Women Winning & Leading

                 Moderator: Capital Tonight Host Liz Benjamin


                 State Senator Marisol Alcantara (District 31)

                 Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino

                 Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan

                 Christine Quinn (Speaker of the New York City Council (2006–2013)

6:00 pm    Cocktail Reception & Toast, Lobby

                 Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Chief Executive Officer, League of Women Voters of the US

                 Dare Thompson, President, League of Women Voters of NYS

7:00 pm    Dinner, Multipurpose Room

8:00 pm    Keynote Address

                 "Eleanor Roosevelt, the Politician, and Woman Suffrage: A Conversation with Allida Black and Anne Lewis"

* The View on Women (VOW) Poll New York State surveyed 1,050 randomly selected adults just after the 2017 Presidential election. This inter-disciplinary, multi-investigator, on-line survey, is the first comprehensive, single source metric focusing specifically on social perceptions of women, and the gender gaps that remain in the legal, political, social, economic and “private” spheres.

Saturday, April 22, SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center

$35 includes Breakfast & Lunch

8:00 am         Check-in & Continental Breakfast, South Lobby

8:30               Greetings & Theme Setting

LC 100           President Donald Christian

                       NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

                       Kathleen Dowley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations;  Coordinator Women’s 

                       Gender & Sexuality Studies Program

9:00 am          Concurrent Sessions

LC 102            “1917: How Did Women Win the Vote in New York State?”

                       Moderator: Susan Lewis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, SUNY New Paltz


                       Susan Goodier, Ph.D., Lecturer in History, SUNY Oneonta

                       Karen Pastorello, Ph.D., Professor of History, Tompkins-Cortland Community College

                       Lauren Santangelo, Ph.D., Author, The ‘Feminized’ City: New York and Suffrage, 1870-1917

LC 104            “Women in Government Today”

                       Moderator: Ş. İlgü Özler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science & Director, SUNY Global Engagement



                       KT Tobin, Ph.D., Associate Director, The Benjamin Center

                       Kira Sanbonmatsu, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science & Senior Scholar, Center for Women in Politics, Rutgers


                       Pamela Paxton, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology & Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

10:15 am        Coffee Break, South Lobby

10:30 am        Concurrent Sessions

LC 102           “After the Vote: Women in Social and Political Movements"

                      Moderator: Meg Devlin O’Sullivan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History & Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies,

                      SUNY New Paltz


                      Joanna Grossman, Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

                      Julie Gallagher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor History and Women’s Studies, Penn State

                      Jennifer Guglielmo, Ph.D., Professor of History, Smith College

LC 104           “The Limits of Suffrage in a Liberal Democracy” 

                      Moderator: Kathleen Dowley, Ph.D., SUNY New Paltz


                      Jasmine Syedullah, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Vassar College

                      Amy Baehr, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, Hofstra University

                      Kate Manne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Cornell University

11:45 pm       Lunch, South Lobby

12:30 pm       Keynote Address

                     “Which Way Forward? Freedom Organizing in the Twenty-first Century”

LC 100          Barbara Smith, Black Feminist Author & Activist

1:15 pm        “Women in New York State: The Unfinished Agenda”

LC 102          Moderator: Jessica Pabón, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, SUNY New Paltz


                      Kelly Baden, Director of State Advocacy, Center for Reproductive Rights

                      Katherine Cross, Ph.D. Student in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

                      Irene Jor, New York Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance

                      Callie Jayne, Community Organizer, Citizen Action of New York

LC 104           K-12 Teacher Workshop

                      Incorporating Women’s Political History into K-12 curriculum


Sponsored by Mohonk Mountain House

“Women in Politics” is a collaborative project of The Benjamin Center, SUNY New Paltz Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and Departments of History Political Science & Sociology, FDR Library & Museum, AT&T, Hudson River Valley Greenway, League of Women Voters of NYS, and Rockefeller Institute of Government.

The conference is supported, in part, by funds from the SUNY New Paltz Office of Academic Affairs, the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, the NYS Legislative Women's Caucus, and Friends of the Benjamin Center. Thanks to Humanities NY, Mohonk Mountain House, and Shmaltz Brewing Company for principal sponsorships.