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Spring 2021 Schedule / Contemporary Issues / WOMEN’S VOICES

WOMEN’S VOICES Continuing Education Class for Older Adults

Coordinators: Sandra Abramson, Diane Reynolds

As the Women’s Movement that exploded in the 1960’s and has continued to today opened up opportunities for girls and women, it also provided opportunities for women’s voices to be heard.  We can see this in many forms — from music to books to art to the corporate boardrooms to the floors of legislatures and executive offices in governments all around the country.  We’ll listen to these voices and look at the impact.  We’ll explore how class, race, sex, gender and ethnic diversity amplify, modulate and transform these voices.

Presentations will be held to 20-25 minutes and the remainder of the class will be open for attendees to talk about their personal experiences. We will look at women in politics, theater and film, in law, and as professors, teachers, lawyers, librarians, and mothers.

Women’s voices have been silenced for thousands of years.  Many thought that women had no voices – but we do! Particularly since the 1960’s, when Second Wave Feminism burst onto the scene bringing with it the beginnings of sexual liberation, women’s voices began to be heard loudly.  And, not only those of present-day women but those of “anonymous” writers and musicians and artists and politicians and clergy from centuries before.

In our course, we’ll listen to these voices and look at the impact they have had on life in America and around the world for everyone.  We’ll explore how class, race, sex, gender and ethnic diversity amplify, modulate and transform these voices.  We’ll listen to ourselves as we discuss our own voices, how we made them heard and had an impact in the world.

B WEEK / TUESDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm

Schedule

02/09

Sandra Abramson: The voices of women journalists and doctors during COVID
02/23Rabbi Ellen Lippmann and other clergy: Women in Religion
03/09
Sandra Abramson/Sheryl Harawitz/Myra Kooy: Black Women poetry and art      
03/23Ilene Winkler:  Women in Sports
04/13
Judy Weis: Memorable Women in Congress – Bella Abzug and Shirley Chisholm
04/27Diane Reynolds:  Women and Careers
05/11
Sandra Abramson: Transgender Women, “I’ve Lived as a Man and a Woman,” Paula Stone Williams (Click here for video).

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