Women's Symposium

SMU 54th Annual Women's Symposium Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Past Speakers

2018 Theme: Hit Like a Girl!

  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, First Female Muslim-American Athlete to Medal at the Olympics 

2017 Theme: My Body, Not Their Politics

  • Wendy Davis, Former Texas State Senator 

2016 Theme: Breaking Through

  • Carol Mosely Braun, First  African American Women Senator

2015 Theme: We’ve Shaped Our History; Let’s Create Our Future!

  • Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay Advocate and author of Grace and Grit: My fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and beyond

2014 Theme: Women are Superheroes

  • Kim Olson, Grace After Fire

2013 Theme: Mind the Age Gap

  • Ellen Jackofsky, Associate Professor at SMU
  • Bekah Boyers,  SMU Women's & Gender Studies Student

2012 Theme: Making the Leap: Women as Agents of Change

  • Marlee Matlin, Academy Award Winner for Best Actress and prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf.

2011 Theme: Happiness is...

  • Julie Powell, Author of "Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously" and "Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession"

2010 Theme: Answers Empower: You Can Ask the Questions!

  • Dr. Laura Berman, Author of Real Sex for Real Women and a columnist for the Chicago,Sun Times

2009 Theme: Women and The Monetary Truth

  • Glinda Bridgforth, Financial expert and author of Girl, Get Your Money Straight!

2008 The Time is Now!

  • Eleanor Clift, Contributing editor to Newsweek magazine and author of Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling

2007 Theme: A Collective Purpose,Crossing the Cultural Boundaries

  • Asma Barlas, Professor of Politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at the Ithaca College, New York

2006 Theme: Having It All, Our Families and Our Future

  • Ann Critteneden, Author of The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued

2005 Theme: Are We There Yet? 40 Years on the Road to Full Participation

  • Patrice Gaines, Author of Laughing in the Dark: From Colored Girl to Woman of Color
  • Juliet Garcia, President of the University of Texas,Brownsville
  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, United States Senator
  • Helen LaKelly Hunt, Philanthropist and author of Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance

2004 Theme: Turning the Tide: The Power of One to Initiate Change 

  • Jackson Katz, Founder of MVP Strategies for gender violence prevention. 
  • Angela Oh, Attorney, author, ordained Priest of Zen Buddhist,Rinzai Sect, appointee to President Clinton's Commission on Race Relations.
  • Ellen Ruppel Shell, Co,Director of the Knight Center for Science and Medical Journalism at Boston University

2003 Theme: Listen...Learn...Lead: Laying the Foundation for Change

  • Julianne Malveaux, President and CEO of Last Word Productions, Inc.

2002 Theme: The Quest for Success: Discovering Personal & Professional Empowerment

  • Diana S. Natalicio, President of The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Cheryl Mills, Senior Vice President for Corporate Policy and Public Programming, Oxygen Media
  • Ellen Bravo, National Co,Director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women

2001 Theme: Thinking Outside the Box: Reshaping the World as Agents of Change

  • Faye Wattleton, President of the Center for Gender Equality
  • Donna Shirley, Assistant Dean of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma and former manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Program
  • Suzan Harjo, President and Executive Director of The Morning Start Institute

2000 Theme: Leadership as a Legacy: Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future

  • Patricia Ireland, President, National Organization for Women
  • Cathy Bonner, President of the Board, The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future
  • Wilma Mankiller, Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation 

1999 Theme: Balanced Lives:  Constructing a Vision

  • Dr. Mary Catherine Bateson, Anthropologist; professor, George Mason University; and author, Composing a Life
  • Dr. Judy Jolley Mohraz, President, Goucher College
  • Christy Haubegger, Founder and publisher of Latina; profiled as "Most Inspirational Women of the Year" by NBC 

1998 Theme: Voices of the World: Turning Words into Action

  • Dr. Alondra Oubre, Medical Anthropologist; author, Instinct and Revelation: Reflections on the Origins of Numinous Perception
  • Swanee Hunt, U.S. Ambassador to Austria, 1994 – 1997
  • Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Founder, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights
  • Kazuyo Kay Sekio, Ph.D., Consultant and Former Japanese Diplomat 

1997 Theme: Mapping the Future:  In Search of Balance

  • Amy Berstein, Senior Editor, U.S. News & World Report
  • Cecilia Conrad, Professor of Economics, Pomona College
  • Julie England, Vice President, Quality Semiconductor Group, Texas Instruments
  • Naomi Wolf, Author, The Beauty Myth and Fire with Fire:  The New Female Power and How it Will Change the 21st Century 

1996 Theme: Lifting As We Climb

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady of the United States; Attorney
  • Stephanie Coontz, Social Historian; Author
  • The Honorable Senfronia Thompson, Texas State House of Representatives
  • Sara Martinez Tucker, Former National VP, Global Business Systems, AT&T
  • Helen Zia, Contributing editor Ms. Magazine

1995 Theme: Rights & Responsibilities: Striking A Balance

  • Claudine Schneider, Former U. S. Representative; Executive producer PBS series Alive & Well
  • Nadine Strossen, Professor of Law, New York Law School; President, American Civil Liberties Union
  • The Reverend Sandra Wilson, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Denver, Colorado 

1994 Theme: Women's Voices for a New Global Agenda

  • Deborah Prothrow,Stith, Assistant Dean for Government and Community Programs, Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Shirley Hill Witt, Former First Secretary to the Embassy, Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Robin Wright, Foreign Correspondent, The Los Angeles Times     

1993 Theme: The Personal is Political, Leadership, Challenge & Change

  • Judy B. Rosener,Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine
  • Mable Thomas, Former member, Georgia State House of Representatives
  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Director, Maryland Student Service Alliance, Maryland State Department of Education

1992 Theme: Bridging the Gaps

  • Gwendolyn Calvert Baker, National Executive Director, YWCA of the USA
  • Richard Reeves, Author, Syndicated Columnist
  • Linda Wertheimer, National Public Radio, Host "All Things Considered" 

1991 Theme: Can We Be Human Together?

  • Sally Helgesen, Author, The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership
  • Michael S. Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, State University of New York
  • Madeleine M. Kunin, Former Governor of Vermont
  • Helen Moye, Director of Personnel, General Motors Corporations, Detroit and New York Offices 

1990 Theme: Reflections: Past, Present and Future

  • Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, Author
  • Kendall Hailey, Author, Actress
  • Patricia Diaz Dennis, Attorney, Former Member, Federal Communications Commission
  • Cokie Boggs Roberts, ABC News Correspondent
  • Steven Roberts, U.S. News & World Report
  • Gloria Randle Scott, President, Bennett College
  • Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, President, National Conferences of Christians and Jews

1989 Theme: Pathways to the Future

  • Daniel Bell, Sociologist and Futurist; Harvard University
  • Mary Catherine Bateson, Anthropologist; President, Institute for Intercultural Studies
  • Paula Giddings, Journalist; Contributing and Book Review Editor Essence Magazine 

1988 Theme: An American Revolution: Conflict, Change & Commitment

  • Johnnetta B. Cole, President, Spelman College
  • Georgie Anne Geyer, International Correspondent and Author
  • William Schneider, Political Analyst; Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy 

1987 Theme: Leadership: Strategies for the Future

  • Maya Angelou, Television producer, Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Carol Bellamy, Former President, New York City Council
  • David Broder, Syndicated Columnist

1986 Theme: Negotiating Tomorrow: Decisions for your Future

  • Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Former member, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Roger Fisher, Director, Harvard Negotiation Project
  • Gail Sheehy, Author 

1985 Theme: Shaping America: The Forces and Counterforces of Change

  • Anne Armstrong, Former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain
  • Charlayne Hunter,Gault, Reporter and TV Correspondent
  • Lester Thurow, Author and Professor of Economics

1984 Theme: The Politics of Power and Conscience

  • Marlene Johnson, Lieutenant Governor, Minnesota
  • Ruth Love, Superintendent, Chicago School District
  • Jody Powell, Political Analyst, ABC Television Network 

1983 Theme: Choices, Values and Struggles: A Changing Dream?

  • Coretta Scott King, Civil Right Leader
  • Mary Metz, President, Mills College
  • Richard Reeves, Author of American Journey, Syndicated Columnist 

1982 Theme: To Live Equally: Issues and Strategies

  • Francine and Douglas Hall, Management Consultants
  • Nannerl Keohane, President, Wellesley College
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1977,1981 

1981 Theme: Risking Partnership: Women and Men Face the '80s

  • Caroline Bird, Author/Journalist
  • Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Former Congresswoman from California
  • Ellen Goodman, Syndicated Columnist and Author 

1980 Theme: Who's Running the Country?

  • Martha Griffiths, Former Congresswoman from Michigan
  • David Halberstam, Journalist/Author
  • Nancy Hicks, President, Institute for Journalism Education

1979 Theme: What Will We Leave to the Children? A Challenge to Personal Involvement

  • John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University, Journalist and author
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Formerly Professor of Sociology and Administrative Sciences, Yale University
  • Ida Lewis, Publisher, Encore Magazine 

1978 Theme: America's Families: Change and Challenge

  • Nancy Barrett, Research Director for Women and the Family, Urban Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Bruno Bettelheim, Psychologist and author
  • Loretta Long, Actress and educator 

1977 Theme: Images for the Future: Institutions, the Individual and Power

  • Marcia Ann Gillespie, Editor, Essence Magazine
  • Alvin Toffler, Author, Future Shock
  • Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, President, Hunter College 

1976 Theme: The Politics in Work: Values, Skills and Decisions

  • Warren G. Bennis, President, University of Cincinnati
  • The Honorable Mary Anne Krupsak, Lieutenant Governor, New York
  • Phyllis A. Wallace, Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT

1975 Theme: Toward a Balance of Power

  • Caroline Bird – Author
  • The Honorable Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Amitai W. Etzioni, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Director of the Center for Policy Research

1974 Theme: Can We Be Human Together?

  • Shana Alexander, Columnist, Newsweek
  • Lupe Anguiano, Directress, Southwest Regional Office for the Spanish Speaking, San Antonio
  • Marion Corwell, Technical and Production Information, Ford Motor Company
  • Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Associate Professor of Sociology, Queens College of the City University of New York
  • Warren Farrell, Coordinator, Masculine Mystique Task Force, National Organization for Women

1973 Theme: When All the Myths are Gone...Women's Roles in Contemporary Society

  • David Alvirez, University of New Mexico
  • Harriet Harvey Coffin, Free,lance writer and visiting lecturer in Creative Writing, Yale University
  • The Reverend William Sloane Coffin, University Chaplain and Pastor of The Church of Christ, Yale University
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chairman, New York City Commission of Human 
        Rights
  • Susan Sontag, Author and Critic

1972 Theme: Coping with the Future: Kaleidoscope of Change

  • Elisabeth Mann Borgese, Author and Senior Fellow, The Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions
  • Michael Mahoney, Department of Psychology, Stanford University
  • The Honorable Patsy Mink, Representative to U.S. Congress from the Second Congressional District of Hawaii
  • Joy Williams Moore, Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
  • Marlene Sanders, ABC,TV News Correspondent

1971 Theme: The Political Process: A Multiple Choice

  • Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General.
  • Marian D. Irish, Charles O. Lerche Professor of International Relations, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • Patience Latting, Mayor, Oklahoma City, OK 

1970 Theme: On the Eve of Becoming, Sex, Science and Woman's Role

  • Rita E. Hauser, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Commission on 
        Human Rights
  • Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
  • Albert Rosenfield, Managing Editor, Family Health Magazine 

1969 Theme: Willing to Risk, Students in Ferment

  • Jacqueline Grennan, President, Webster College
  • Seymour M. Lipset, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University 

1968 Theme: Crisis Time: Are You Listening, What Do You Hear?

  • Dorothy Height, National President, The National Council of Negro Women
  • Daniel Lerner, Ford Professor of Sociology and International Communications, MIT
  • Elspeth Rostow, Associate Professor of American Studies, The School of International Service, The American University

1967 Theme: This Generation, The Hinge of History

  • Harrison Scott Brown, Professor of Geochemistry, The California Institute of Technology
  • Katie Loucheim, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
  • Barbara Ward, British Economist and Author 

1966 Theme: The Education of Women for Social and Political Leadership

  • Mary I. Bunting, President, Radcliffe College
  • Carl N. Degler, Professor of History, Vassar College
  • Viola H. Hymes, Chairman, The Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, State of Minnesota
  • Helen V. McLean, Psychiatrist, The Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, IL
  • The Honorable Marietta Tree, former U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations