#MeToo: One Year After Christine Blasey Ford
5:30 PM17:30

#MeToo: One Year After Christine Blasey Ford

Join us for a lively discussion of the #Me Too movement, with contributors to Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement. Moderated by Davia Temin.

We regret the conflict with Yom Kippur and will share documentation of the event at a later date and continue the important #MeToo conversation.

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Campus ERA Day: Viewing Party
6:00 PM18:00

Campus ERA Day: Viewing Party

Join CSSD’s Women Creating Change for a livestream viewing party to celebrate Campus ERA Day. We will be livestreaming the event and interacting with panelists. The goal of this event is to spread awareness of and to gain support for the reviatlized push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. In 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was introduced in Congress to ensure that women were equal under the law and prevent sex-based discrimination. Almost one hundrd years later, the United States Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women!

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9:30 AM09:30

#Startup Columbia Festival

Innovations in Social Justice: Columbia Alumni who are Changing the World 

The Center for the Study of Social Difference’s Women Creating Change is proud to cosponor this year’s #Startup Columbia Festival. We have quite a line up of female founders and alumnae innovators who are solving problems around the globe to make a better world.  The list includes:

  • Alice Bosley '17SIPA who is turning refugees into founders at her incubator in Iraq

  • Katherine Katcher '07CC who is mitigating the effects of mass incarceration with Root & Rebound 

  • Dr. Courtney Cogburn, School of Social Work who is changing perspectives on unconscious racial bias 

  • Shivani Siroya '07MPH is giving access to credit to bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers in developing countries

  • Anne Williams-Isom '91LAW who is running the Harlem Children's Zone helping to create a model to eradicate systemic poverty

  • Emmy-award winner Abby Disney '98 GSAS who will discuss this week's premiere of Women, War, & Peace, four never-before-told stories about the women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process

Complimentary tickets will be offered to affiliates of the Columbia Center for the Study of Social Difference or active members of the Women Creating Change Leadership Council.  You can request your tickets by emailing cm3014@columbia.edu with "WCC" in the subject line.

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Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents
6:00 PM18:00

Corporate Feminism & Its Discontents

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Women Creating Change presents:
Corporate Feminism and Its Discontents  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | 6:15pm - 8pm
Columbia University - Maison Francaise, East Gallery
Special thanks to our cosponsors Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and Maison Francaise


Despite gains in recent years, gender and racial disparities in the corporate sector, especially in its higher echelons, remain significant in the United States and Europe. This round table will explore successes and limitations of policies to promote diversity and inclusion. Panelists will identify successful strategies but also roadblocks and unintended consequences, and raise the issue of how backlash and stasis might be addressed. 


Janice Ellig, Chief Executive Officer, Ellig Group
Yasmine Ergas, Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy, School for International and Public Affairs and Director of Gender and Human Rights at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
Melissa Fisher, Visiting Scholar, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, Author of Wall Street Women & member of the Women Creating Change Leadership Council 
Katherine Phillips, Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character Management and Director
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Click here to read a recent New York Times Magazine interview featuring panelist Katherine Phillips on women in corporations.

The event is free and open to the public, please register here.

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4:30 PM16:30


Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change co-sponsors For the Daughters of Harlem: Working in Sound, a two-day music workshop for young women of color from New York public high schools. The workshop will culminate in a reception and showcase of students’ musical work, produced under the guidance of workshop leaders Sondra Woodruff, Rachel Devorah, Seth Cluett, and Kamari Carter. As part of the event, musicologist Matthew D. Morrison will engage in conversation with award-winning producer Ebonie Smith about her advocacy for more inclusive spaces in music production and technology.

Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer songwriter, as well as founder and president of Gender Amplified, a nonprofit organization that celebrates and supports women and girls in music production. Smith is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University, and New York University.

Matthew D. Morrison is Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and 2018-2019 Hutchins Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Harvard University. His research explores race and performance, and is working on a book titled Blacksound: Making Race and Identity in American Popular Music. Morrison received a PhD in Historical Musicology from Columbia University.

The project is supported by an Action Grant from Humanities New York and a Public Outreach Grant from Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society. Additional funds from the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Department of Sociology, the Center for Ethnomusicology, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, the Computer Music Center, the Department of Music, and the Center for the Study of Social Difference – Women Creating Change at Columbia University, as well as the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College make the event possible. 

The Daughters initiative is directed by Lucie Vágnerová, Core Lecturer in Music, and Ellie Hisama, Professor of Music.

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