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Symposium Information

50th Annual Women's Symposium
Southern Methodist University
March 4, 2015


Registration for the Women’s Symposium is open.  You can register for all day or break it down by event.  Prices vary based on event interest and affiliation.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at midnight!

Registration is closed.

Mail-In/Fax Registration Forms

All Visiting Colleges and High Schools will only be able to register by the forms below.  

  • Visiting Colleges (PDF)
  • High Schools (PDF) 

Please fax-in or mail-in registration to the number or address below:

FAX: 214.768.3475

SMU Women's Symposium
PO Box 750172
Dallas, TX 75275-0172


Bishop Boulevard is reserved for participants in the Women’s Symposium.  Overflow parking is encouraged to use Mockingbird Station and ride the courtesy DART Bus to campus.  More information can be found here. 


The Event will take place in the Hughes Trigg Student Center Lower Level with the main events happening in the Ballrooms.

Schedule of the Day

11:00am    Registration and Check-in Opens
   Community Resource Fair
   Free Chair Massage for Participants 
 12:00pm  Luncheon and Opening of the 50th Women's Symposium 
   Topical Table Discussions
   Emmie V. Baine Lecture Lilly Ledbetter
1:30pm  Book signing with Lilly Ledbetter
   Community Resource Fair
   Free Chair Massage for Participants
 2:00-4:00pm  Interest Sessions
 4:00-5:00pm   Plenary Session
 5:30-6:00pm  Community Awards Reception
 6:00-8:00pm   Community Awards Dinner Program

Information about Speaker - Lilly Ledbetter

Lilly Ledbetter

In 1998, after Lilly Ledbetter had spent 19 grueling years working at a Goodyear plant, an anonymous note delivered to her showed that she made 40% less than her male counterparts. For 10 years, Lilly Ledbetter fought to close the gap between women’s and men’s wages, sparring with the Supreme Court, lobbying Capitol Hill in a historic discrimination case against Goodyear. While Ledbetter lost the case on appeal (a decision upheld by the Supreme Court), the experience inspired her to become a spokesperson for equal pay.  Lilly is a crusader for equal pay and women’s rights—equality activist and namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act.  Lilly is the author of Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.  Come and meet the inspiration behind President Obama’s first bill signed into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Information about our theme

Each year, the students of CORE sit down and review evaluations and feedback from the previous year to try and decide on a theme.  This year, was an easy choice.  As we celebrate our 50th Women’s Symposium, we can’t help but make it a retrospective to acknowledge and appreciate all that we have accomplished and all that we have yet to do still.  The official theme is “We’ve Shaped Our History.  Let’s Create our Future.”   The word choice of “shaped” and “create” is intentional.  At many points in history, the power was not up to women to make the change, however, we hope now that are able to create that future that we envision.  We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones as we celebrate at Women’s Symposium this year.