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The Power of Women's Voices

A Conference Celebrating 65 Years of Collecting
Women's History at Smith College

September 28-29, 2007

This conference celebrated the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Sophia Smith Collection by highlighting new collections and initiatives, including the Voices of Feminism Oral History Project, an oral history and collection development initiative to document traditionally under-documented groups, including women of color, lesbian activists, and low income women. The conference also featured the recently processedYWCA Records, the Living U.S. Women's History (Oral History Project), the Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project, and the newly received Women's Music Archives.

See below for the complete schedule of events. For more information see the conference website.


Schedule of events

Day 1: Welcome by Carol Christ, President of Smith College

Voices of Feminism Oral History Project
  Overview by Joyce Follet
  Narrator's Panel: Loretta Ross, Carmen Vázquez, and Joan E. Biren (JEB)

Day 2: Welcome by Chris Loring, Director of Smith Libraries

"Chapters in the History of the YWCA of the USA."
  Introduction by Sherrill Redmon, Director of the Sophia Smith Collection
  Panel: Nancy Marie Robertson, Amanda Izzo, Dorothea Browder, Maida Goodwin

Music by Margie Adam. Introduced by Sherrill Redmon

New Collections and Projects:
  Introduction by Professor Susan Van Dyne
  Population and Reproductive Health Oral History Project: Deborah R. McFarlane
  Living U.S. Women's History Oral History Project: Sherrill Redmon (for Kathryn Kish Sklar)
  Other new additions to the SSC: Sherrill Redmon

Excerpts from Voices of Feminism Oral History Project: Introduced by Joyce Follet

Featured Speaker: Gloria Steinem
  Introduction by Susan Bourque, Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Closing music by Margie Adam

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