New School President Bob Kerrey moderates a distinguished panel exploring how highly accomplished, powerful women -- from ancient times to the modern era -- have grappled with the critical decisions, personal and professional crises, and public and private conflicts that come with feminine power and authority.
Through a discussion of their careers and the insights they have gained through their work, the speakers explore the obstacles to achievement that women continue to overcome and necessary steps for ensuring that women's voices are heard.
The panel features:
Hon. Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge, New York State Court of Appeals; of counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, writer; cofounding editor, Ms. Magazine; cofounder, National Women’s Political Caucus; former president, Authors Guild
Brooksley E. Born, retired partner, Arnold & Porter LLP; former chair, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Bevis Longstreth, New School trustee; author, Return of the Shade, a first-person retelling of the story of Parysatis, queen of the ancient Persian Empire; former commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission; former senior partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; former adjunct professor, Columbia Law School
Lisa Dierbeck, author, One Pill Makes You Smaller, an incisive portrait of a girl's hard road to adulthood; contributor to The Boston Globe, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Time Out New York.
Brooksley E. Born
Brooksley E. Born is a retired partner at Arnold & Porter LLP and a former chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
Lisa Dierbeck is the author of One Pill Makes You Smaller, an incisive portrait of a girl's hard road to adulthood. She is also a contributor to The Boston Globe, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Time Out New York.
Judith S. Kaye is chief judge of the State of New York and the first woman to occupy the state judiciary's highest office.
In 1983, she became the first woman to serve on New York State's highest court when she was appointed associate judge of the Court of Appeals.
Her current posts also include chair of the Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, founding member and honorary chair of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert, and member of the board of editors for the New York State.
She has served as president of the Conference of Chief Justices and has chaired the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts.
She is the author of many articles dealing with legal process, state constitutional law, women in law, and professional ethics.
Bob Kerrey is president of The New School in New York City.
For twelve years prior to becoming president of The New School, Bob Kerrey represented the State of Nebraska in the United States Senate. Before that, he served as Nebraska's governor for four years.
Bob Kerrey is the author of When I Was A Young Man: A Memoir, published by Harcourt Books (May 2002). He served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, currently leads a five year writing challenge sponsored by The National Commission on Writing in America's Schools and Colleges, and is co-chair with Newt Gingrich of The National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care.
Bevis Longstreth (www.bevislongstreth.com) is a New School trustee; the author of Return of the Shade, a first-person retelling of the story of Parysatis, queen of the ancient Persian Empire; former commissioner of Securities and Exchange Commission; former senior partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; and former adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a writer, co-founding editor of Ms. Magazine, co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, and former president of the Authors Guild.
Diverse social movement, largely based in the U.S., seeking equal rights and opportunities for women in their economic activities, personal lives, and politics. It is recognized as the second wave of the larger feminist movement. While first-wave feminism of the 19th and early 20th centuries focused on women's legal rights, such as the right to vote, the second-wave feminism of the women's movement peaked in the 1960s and '70s and touched on every area of women's experienceincluding family, sexuality, and work. A variety of U.S. women's groups, including the National Organization for Women, sought to overturn laws that enforced discrimination in matters such as contract and property rights and employment and pay. The movement also sought to broaden women's self-awareness and challenge traditional stereotypes of women as passive, dependent, or irrational. An effort in the 1970s to pass the Equal Rights Amendment failed, but its aims had been largely achieved by other means by the end of the 20th century.