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The Global Conference on Women and Gender

Gender, Politics, and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance, and Representation

March 18 - 20, 2021


CNU students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend conference events without registering.

We have reserved the same theme from our postponed 2020 conference: Gender, Politics and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance and Representation.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together participants from all academic fields to engage in wide-ranging conversations on gender and politics around the world. While formal politics loom large in 2020, we encourage an expansive understanding of political action and expression, inspired by Carol Hanisch’s essay, “The Personal is Political,” which sees all relationships of power as political and connects women’s experiences, self-expression, and values to their lives as political actors and subjects. Given current travel restrictions related to COVID-19, our 2021 Conference will be held completely online.

Topics may include but are not limited to the past and/or present intersection of gender and politics in:

  • Suffrage expansion
  • Feminism
  • Voting and candidacy
  • Organizing and activism
  • Media representation
  • Artistic and literary expression
  • Motherhood and family life
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Reproductive rights
  • Race and racism
  • Disability rights
  • Employment
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Health
  • Violence
  • Religion
  • Law
  • Business and management
  • Leadership
  • Social media

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

2021 Events and Speakers

The conference schedule with Zoom links was sent via email to all CNU students, faculty and staff, as well as all registered participants. To access this document as one of those groups, please email our conference account at

Invited Speakers

  • Toni Townes-Whitley
    President of US Regulated Industries at Microsoft
  • Dr. Dawn Teele
    Associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women's Vote
  • Sophia Nelson
    Award-winning author and political commentator
  • Dr. Colita Fairfax will present a talk on Black Women's Activism
  • Rachel Pearson
    Founder of Engage: Promoting Women's Economic Security

Plenary Panels

“Black Women’s Mental Health as a Form of Resistance”
NSU Faculty: Ernestine Duncan, Bernadette Holmes and Khadijah Miller

Establishing Virginia's First Minority Business Commission
Tiffany Boyle, Commissioner of the Revenue

Readings and Performances

Dr. Joanna Eleftheriou reads from and discusses her new book This Way Back
Dr. Eleftheriou’s essay collection dramatizes her coming of age as a queer feminist woman who seeks a way to remain part of her Orthodox Christian church and community. Each essay illuminates a theme, and together the essays help readers think in more profound and complex ways about the problems of love, life, faith, embodiment, and labor. During this event, she will read a short passage from an essay about one of her role models, Melina Mercouri, a movie star turned anti-fascist activist. Dr. Eleftheriou will respond to audience questions about the writing process, her journey to publishing the book, and how feminist principles shaped the way she chose to tell Melina’s story and her own.

Brittney S. Harris presents Being B.A.D.
A theatrical production that embodies creative resistance against oppressive gender stereotypes and domestic violence, Being B.A.D. is a piece about personal acceptance and redemption from the cycle of abuse. The 20-minute one-woman show explores the lengths in which one decides to take that power back after years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her family and romantic partner.

Invited playwright Liz Linkewitz presents MISTRESSES
An all-female cast shares the untold stories of real and alleged Presidential mistresses in this timely exploration of what it means to be “The Other” woman. This new American drama blurs the lines our society draws between the political and personal, morality and indecency, love and lust. From a youthful Monica Lewinsky and her high-stakes relationship to Kay Summersby’s precarious romance with her commanding officer, this monologue play features women whose personal narratives rewrite history.


We often publish a selection of top papers from the conference and will provide further details to conference participants.

  • All individual presentations should be limited to 20 minutes in order to leave time for questions from the audience.
  • We will not accept papers in absentia.
  • Closer to the conference date, we will email all participants asking for A/V requirements. All of our conference rooms have A/V setups.
  • All paper submissions for the conference are peer-reviewed by the conference committee.

Previous Conferences

2016 - Inaugural Conference
Keynote speaker: Sheryl WuDunn

2017 - Understanding, Defining and Preventing Violence
Keynote speaker: Rosemary Trible

2018 - Women, Social Change and Activism: Then and Now
Keynote speaker: Yeonmi Park

2019 - Intersectionality: Understanding Women’s Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present
Keynote speaker: Sophia Nelson


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The Global Status of Women and Girls: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Communicating Gender)


Selected Papers from the Conference on Global Status of Women and Girls: Understanding, Defining, and Preventing Violence


Women, Social Change, and Activism: Then and Now


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