Women's Symposium

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Women's Symposium

Save the Date March 8th for Women's Symposium 2017: My Body, Not Their Politics!

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The Women's Symposium was created in 1966 as a part of the University's Fiftieth Anniversary celebration by the late Emmie V. Baine, Dean of Women at SMU from 1962 to 1988. The Symposium is the longest continuously running program of its nature in the country and one of SMU's oldest and most distinguished traditions. The annual forum brings together women and men of differing ages and multicultural backgrounds to examine and discuss topics of national interest.

This year our theme is “My Body, Not Their Politics”. We will explore the politics of the body and being a woman in politics. Some areas of focus are the politics around sexual assault, disability, reproductive justice, immigration, and many more. 

Our keynote this year is Senator Wendy Davis. Wendy Davis is the founder of Deeds Not Words, an advocacy initiative that empowers millennial women to channel their passion and energy on issues of gender equality into actionable change. She was previously a Texas state senator and candidate for governor of Texas, who fought tirelessly for reproductive rights, equal pay for women, justice for sexual assault survivors, affordable quality education and equality for the LGBTQ community.

For good information about what Women's Symposium is about see the below video from the 2015 Women's Symposium