Aspen Forum on Women and Girls

Aspen Forum on Women and Girls October 2018 Roundtable

The Women Wave: Fueling a Revolution of Respect and Dignity for All


Photo caption, from left to right: Ingrid Saunders Jones, National Chair, The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Cathy Trost, Executive Director and Senior Vice President, Freedom Forum Institute; Lorraine Hariton, President and CEO, Catalyst; Anne Mosle, Vice President, Aspen Institute, and Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute In the fall of 2017, the courageous stand by…

Who created International Women’s Day?


Here’s a little lesson in women’s history for you: While International Women’s Day was originally inspired by women garment and needle workers who marched in New York City in the 19th and early 20th century, the woman to suggest that such a day exist was from an entirely different continent. Her name was Clara Zetkin,…

Drawing out connections across oceans


Too often, conversations about women’s issue that take place stateside are separated into two distinct camps—those that affect people in the United States, and those that affect people in every other country on the planet (as if it were still Pangea!). Of course context matters, but part of what excited us so much about the…

What would a #womenforward syllabus look like?


Tonight at the kick-off for our first Forum on Women and Girls, Melissa Harris-Perry, the consummate professor said: “I believe everything is a curriculum problem.” We thought we’d take her lead and offer a list of great readings to follow up on just a few of the many questions that were raised during our wide-ranging,…

#WomenForward Kicks Off: Best Quotes and Questions


The Aspen Institute just kicked off its first-ever Forum on Women and Girls, and what a night. The first panel of the forum, The State of Play: Women’s Rights and Economic Justice, brought a lot of engaging conversation and heat to the room, between discussions about work and choice (or a lack thereof) to questions around…

Aspen Forum on Women and Girls Conversations Across Generations


 On March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day, we hosted an evening reception and discussion featuring the movement for economic justice and equality for women and girls. The program included a tribute to Helen Neuborne, an incredible leader in championing women’s economic empowerment, rights, and justice, for her important work with the Ford Foundation.…