Aspen Forum on Women and Girls

Ascending at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival


Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with the Atlantic, in its 15th year, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times. Ascend has had the honor…

Women Leadership Fuels Prosperity for Families


As a state senator and Campaign Advisor for Family Values @ Work, a national network of state-based coalitions fighting for paid leave, I often think about the power of women organizing as activists and as legislators. In my seven years in office, I have seen how having women in leadership positions leads to policies that…

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,…