The Time is Now: Gender Justice, Antiracism, and Systemic Change | New England Women's Policy Conference

The New England Women’s Policy Conference, “The Time is Now: Gender Justice, Antiracism, and Systemic Change” will be held virtually the mornings of December 2-4. This biennial conference is organized by the New England Women’s Policy Initiative, and hosted by UMass Boston's Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, the Vermont Commission on Women, and women’s commissions, women’s funds, and other partners throughout New England.

Conference participants will utilize an intersectional lens, taking into account inequities related to race, gender, ethnicity, class, immigrant status, and other social identities, to address the economic security, health, and wellbeing of women, their families, and their communities. 

Workshop themes include Low-Wage and Essential Workers; Health and Healthcare; Policing Women of Color and LGBTQ Communities; and Childcare and Education.  Vermont will be well represented among presenters, including activist Noel Riby-Williams of Montpelier, Kiah Morris of Rights and Democracy, VT Senator-elect Kesha Ram, and Aly Richards of Let’s Grow Kids.  The conference offers a great opportunity for young people interested in exploring public policy, as a separate IGNITE program track features the sessions “Amplifying Young Women’s Voices” and “Young and Running”, with the goal of building a pipeline of next-generation leaders poised to flex their political power. 

The keynote speaker is Representative Ayanna Pressley, the first Black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts (and previously, to the Boston City Council).

Join us in this engaging collaboration to imagine together how we can transform inequitable systems in New England and beyond. Learn more and register.