We all know the ability of appearing collectively, mobilizing in large crowds the way in which protesters did through the 2017 Girls’s March in varied cities throughout the globe. In different latest instances, voters felt personally motivated to specific themselves on the polls, exhibiting up in massive numbers as they did within the 2022 midterm elections to safe an end result. And we additionally perceive how large-scale on-line activism, when performed intentionally, may end up in change—the way in which the #MeToo motion remodeled the dialog round consent and sexual assault worldwide.
Examples akin to these clearly reveal how our personal non-public lives are sometimes deeply enmeshed inside a broader political framework. In addition they illustrate how highly effective the private might be and the way everybody has the capability to provoke world-shaping change.
In her 1970 essay, “The Private is Political” feminist scholar, Carol Hanisch illustrated how even smaller private actions (akin to networking in close-knit neighborhood teams or sharing private struggles with colleagues and associates) can have profound political affect. Though beginning small, these actions have the power to ripple outward, shifting by way of the social and electoral strata till they finally produce outsized change on the nationwide—and even international—stage. In these instances, the smallest (and seemingly most insignificant) private alternative may end up in significant political reform.
Throughout this 12 months’s Girls’s Week on the College of Utah (February 27-March 3), in additional than a dozen scheduled occasions, we are going to examine “making public coverage private.” Attendees will discover what it means for us as individuals in a various democracy when the legal guidelines that govern us find yourself having a deeply private impact. And we’ll study the varied areas the place private and non-private intersect whereas delving into how we will reply to such intensely private coverage choices. From a film screening of the documentary movie “Aftershock” to panel shows on the ability of matriarchy and public discussions on the caregiving financial system and gender violence, Girls’s Week 2023 will discover the various ways in which legislation and coverage overlap with our personal particular person human experiences.
The Girls’s Week keynote occasion will function the feminist thought chief and social media influencer, Feminista Jones in a hybrid occasion on March 2. Twice acknowledged as one of many high 100 most influential individuals in Philadelphia and one of many high 50 feminists on the planet, Jones is the writer of “Reclaiming Our Area: How Black Feminism is Altering the World from the Tweets to the Streets” (Beacon Press 2019). Extra occasions embody a digital panel on Black hair and storytelling; a dialogue of Title IX, its historical past, and the affect it’s had on the school expertise; and a particular Reframing the Dialog on the ability of ladies’s voices to have an effect on change.
Now, as legislative and judicial acts really feel more and more private, it is necessary that all of us think about the best way to finest help one another and work collectively—thoughtfully, strategically, and with clear goal—to have an effect on significant change. To be taught extra concerning the many occasions deliberate for Girls’s Week on the U, please go to the occasion web site.
Girls’s Week 2023: Making Public Coverage Private
February 27 – March 3, 2023
Girls’s Week is an annual, weeklong occasion centered on gendered points and challenges confronted in at the moment’s socioeconomic and political local weather, intersectionality, and cultural actions. Girls’s Week 2023 occasions will examine when public coverage turns into private, and discover what this implies for us as people, residents, and individuals in a various democracy.
Girls’s Week 2023 is deliberate in partnership with varied organizations throughout the College of Utah and sponsored by