Equality or Liberation? | Newberry

Equality or Liberation?

The Rhetoric of Contemporary American Feminism
Thursday, October 1, 2015

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Marjorie Jolles, Roosevelt University
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

While it was once called “women’s liberation,” today American feminism is most commonly described as a movement for women’s equality. Feminist advocates ranging from politicians to celebrities to activist organizations all tend to prefer an emphasis on “equality” instead of “liberation,” suggesting a shift away from a radical vision toward a more liberal political strategy. This seminar will offer a critical examination of the rhetoric of women’s equality, especially as it circulates in contemporary popular discourse, in order to analyze what a focus on equality both enables and obscures. To ground our analysis in a concrete example, we will focus on a particular issue concerning women’s equality—the gender-based wage gap—in order to highlight equality’s promises and limitations.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at rossc@newberry.org.

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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