Call for Papers: “1977-2017: The IWY National Women’s Conference In Retrospect” 2017

The Center for Public History at the University of Houston is sending out a Call for Papers for the conference, “1977-2017: The IWY National Women’s Conference In Retrospect”.

Date of Event: November 5-7, 2017

Location: University of Houston.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference, the domestic answer to the United Nations’ International Women’s Year initiative.  The Houston Conference, as it came to be known, was the largest federally mandated gathering of American women in history.

During a three day conference, November 5-7, we aim to take stock of this momentous feat as well as consider the separate concerns articulated at a “pro-family” counter-convention held in Houston simultaneously.  A scholarly academic symposium will coincide with a delegate and observer reunion.

The conference aims to engage a fresh conversation about U.S. politics and society in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Issues debated at the Houston Conference have dominated American culture since: LGBTQ and racial civil rights; family planning and reproductive health; immigration and civil justice; access to education and childcare; welfare and government spending; poverty and wealth distribution; environmentalism; foreign policy priorities; globalization and a shifting workforce; and gender neutrality and protection in law. Likewise, we seek papers that engage these broad currents.

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Submission deadline: August 10, 2017.

Applicants can submit applications as one PDF at:
For questions, please contact Nancy Beck Young:, or Leandra Zarnow:

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Applicants can submit applications as one PDF at:
For questions, please contact Dr. Nancy Beck Young:, or Dr. Leandra Zarnow:

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