The Time is NOW
Hosted by The National Organization for Women club at Princeton Day School
Who: NJ 9-12 graders
Where: May 4, 2019 from 12:30pm - 5pm
Where: Princeton Day School, Fox Room & adjacent classrooms
Cost: Free (lunch and snack will be provided)
12:30-1:00 Registration and Lunch
1:00-1:20 Brief Introduction by the PDS NOW co-heads
1:30-2:00 Workshop Session I
2:05-2:35 Workshop Session II
2:45-3:15 Privilege Walk
3:20-5:00 Student Narratives and Keynote Speakers
The Princeton Day School National Organization for Women club is hosting “The Time is NOW” conference on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 12:30 - 5:00 pm at PDS. This is the first ever conference at PDS dedicated to exposing local high school students to feminism and the five action campaigns of NOW. Attendees will get the opportunity to participate in small student-led and teacher-moderated workshops on topics such as the politicization of rape culture in the #MeToo era and intersectional feminism as it relates to race, deliver personal narratives, and hear from powerful adult figures who have had a large impact on improving women’s rights.
The Princeton Day School National Organization for Women club is a student-led high school club. It works on increasing discussion and awareness about feminism as well as fostering greater civil engagement within the PDS community. PDS NOW actively encourages participation of all students regardless of gender, sexuality, or race and is not classified as an affinity group to this end. The club holds discussions with affinity groups at PDS on topics of intersectional feminism, and this year, the club formalized the first ever voter registration at PDS. The faculty advisor for PDS NOW is Dr. Karen Latham, English Teacher and Chair of the English Department.
- Raina Kasera, PDS NOW Co-head
- Léa Namouni, PDS NOW Co-head
- Nina Kanamaluru, PDS NOW Co-head
- Julia Chang, Director of Outreach
- Divya Sharma, Assistant Director of Outreach
- Rina Sclove, Director of Advertising
- Lydia Pamudji, Director of Graphic Design
- Mehak Dhaliwal, Director of Website and Social Media
- Kat Lytkowski, Director of Workshops
- Hailey Young, Director of Narratives
- Zoe Rivera, Director of Communications
- Raina Pahade, Assistant Director of Workshops and Narratives
- Nazareth Mehreteab, Director of Scheduling
- Mackenzie ElKadi, Director of Logistics
- Gaby Namouni, Assistant Director of Logistics
- Frances Bobbitt, Technology Advisor
- Katie Jain, Treasurer
- Alexandra Glezer, Director of Fundraising
- Nikita Bhardwaj, Assistant Treasurer
End the Criminalization of Trauma:
We live in a time in which sexual assault—something that should be a universal issue—is often turned partisan and used as a pawn in politics. The politicization of rape culture and normalization of sexual harassment among the most powerful men in this nation is horrifying. While new waves of feminism specifically targeted at imbalanced power structures seek to dismantle the institution of rape culture (especially within our government), backlash has characterized the #MeToo Movement as illegitimate and overtly political. This workshop will discuss questions regarding the partisanship around violence against women, the limits to #MeToo and “cancelling” men, and whether we should always #BelieveSurvivors through constructive dialogue on the line between politicization and justice.
Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment:
How are hate crimes a product of lack of representation? What message does cultural appropriation send to victimized group? Should our government reflect the diversity of our population? This workshop will use Harkness discussion to focus on intersectional feminism and specifically the importance of the diversity of representation in Hollywood and the government in order to decrease hate crimes, assault, and other forms of violence. Other topics include cultural appropriation, the Oscars scandal, and the recent change in representation in congress. Finally, participants will discuss how an increase in representation can allow for the passing of laws such as the Equal Rights Amendment.
Advance Voting Rights:
Gender roles within society have a constant and prominent influence on our lives, surfacing for most at quite a young age. They eventually create a standard in our minds of the “regular” woman or man, adding stress, pressure, and expectation to individuals to live up to that “regular” standard. Combined with the inequality women face in terms of education, healthcare, job opportunity, and countless other areas, the complex nature of society’s hierarchy and traditional mindset of female roles does not encourage female participation in the voting sphere. This workshop will use Harkness discussion, free writes, and videos to analyze how the roots of anti-feminism within our modern world and stereotypes held by various communities may ultimately hinder women--and especially women of color--from achieving equality in voting and other aspects of life.
Racial justice is a multifaceted issue prevalent in a wide variety of fields, and it is important to consider how racial dynamics and diversity affect our own lives. This workshop will explore how racial justice affects all people, regardless of race, with a focus on women of color. Connections between racial justice and topics such as reproductive rights, violence against women in certain cultures, and the lack of women’s representation will also be explored. Participants will analyze relevant social media posts, articles, and videos to tackle these important issues.
Protect Immigrant Rights:
What does it mean to be an American? Has there been a time in which you felt unwelcome within a larger group? How does religion play a role in your everyday life? This workshop will use Harkness-style discussion and a series of free-writes to answer these questions and more in order to reflect upon current issues surrounding immigration and what it means to be an American. Students will also explore the current administration’s policies on border policy, the Muslim immigration ban, and the moral rights of Mexican and Muslim immigrants.
Mobilize for Reproductive Justice:
Victoria Bissell Brown is an historian who has been teaching U.S. Women’s History and writing about that topic since the early 1980’s. As a young feminist activist in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, Brown was drawn to the study of women’s history because so little was known – and so much needed to be known – about the how and why of gender inequality. A Ph.D. from U.C.-San Diego allowed her to pursue those questions professionally. Now retired from Grinnell College, a liberal arts school in Iowa, she lives in the Philadelphia suburbs where she is a local political organizer. While teaching has been at the center of Prof. Brown’s professional life, she has always engaged in research and publication. She is best known for her scholarship on Jane Addams, the Chicago progressive era reformer who advocated for immigrants, workers, and woman suffrage and then led the anti-World War I peace movement, for which she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Brown has also made significant contributions to the historical literature on an understudied topic: Woodrow Wilson’s views on female education and woman suffrage. Though her career as a teacher and researcher limited Brown’s feminist activism, she consoles herself with the knowledge that her classes helped generations of students to see themselves as part of a long line of women and men who have cut into the woven rope of gender, race, and class that divides and dishonors the human community.
Op-ed: "Thanks for not raping us, all you ‘good men.’ But it’s not enough." Washington Post, 10/12/18
Book: The Education of Jane Addams (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007)
Lauren J. Ira is a Deputy Attorney General in the Prosecutors Supervision & Training Bureau in the Division of Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Division of Criminal Justice, Ms. Ira was a trial attorney and litigated some of Philadelphia’s most complex and complicated sexual assault and domestic violence cases as Assistant District Attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit.
Some of Ms. Ira’s past experiences include serving as the City of Trenton’s Director of Policy and Communications. Prior to joining the Mayor’s staff at the City of Trenton, Ms. Ira served as Lobbying and Public Relations Associate at Porzio Governmental Affairs in Trenton. Ms. Ira has extensive experience in community outreach, relations, public affairs, politics and public policy.
Ms. Ira was a participant of the Police Chaplain Program, Leadership Trenton Fellow Program, was a women’s writing teacher at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, served as Chairwoman of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and acted as Interim Director of Alumni Affairs at Thomas Edison State College and a Public Relations Specialist.
She participated in Run Sister Run: Women of the African Diaspora Changing the Political Landscape, through the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University and was a Women’s College Club of Princeton Scholar. Ms. Ira was a campaign manager for a candidate seeking local government.
She is an Associate Minister at Greater Harvest Worldwide Ministries under the leadership of Apostles Allen & Benita Patterson. She was formally licensed into ministry in 2009.
Ms. Ira earned a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden, a Master’s degree in Social and Community Services from Capella University, and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with dual majors in English and Women’s and Gender Studies with an emphasis in African-American studies from the College of New Jersey.
Her son Gideon, and her call to serve and advocate for justice are her greatest accomplishments.
Julie Roginsky is a founding partner and president of Optimus Communications and has two decades of public and private sector experience as an adviser for strategic communications, public relations and political strategy. She has advised Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits, labor unions, and dozens of elected officials, including Governor Philip Murphy, Senators Cory Booker and Frank Lautenberg, members of the House of Representatives and state legislators. She also served as the communications director for then-Senator Jon Corzine on Capitol Hill. Julie is a former contributor at the Fox News Channel, where she was a frequent co-host of Outnumbered and The Five. Prior to that, she was a contributor at CNBC. Until recently, she served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
Op-ed: "#MeToo is Not a Trend, It's a Call to Action." NorthJersey.com, 12/7/17.
Why did you launch this conference?
The goal of the conference is to foster greater civic engagement within local high school communities. We hope to encourage attendees to learn more about women’s rights and equality, as well as to engage in politics in order to enact change.
Is the conference free to attend?
Yes, the conference is completely free to attend! However, we do encourage an optional donation to support the funding of the conference and a charity (to be announced soon!) that can be made on the day of at the registration desk.
Who can attend the conference?
All high school students in grades 9-12 who attend a high school in NJ or are homeschooled in NJ are welcome to attend.
Is the conference all student-led and organized?
Yes! This event was envisioned and is organized by the student-led PDS NOW club with a special planning committee composed of PDS high schoolers. All workshops are student-led, and faculty members will be present as observers.
How many workshops can I attend?
You can attend two out of the five workshops. Your faculty advisor will receive instructions on how you can input your workshop preferences.
Where can I find workshop assignments?
Workshop assignments will be emailed to your faculty coordinator. They will also be available at the registration desk.
Do I have to prepare in any way?
All of our workshops are designed to introduce participants to feminism, so there is no need to prepare in any way. However, the “Workshop Descriptions” page of this website has a list of resources you may find interesting to read prior to attending the conference. You will also receive reading suggestions from your workshops following the conference.
Where can I learn more about the keynote speakers?
Information about the keynote speakers are located on our website. You will also find links to their personal websites and/or social medias.
Can all students participate in narratives?
Students from all high schools are welcome and encouraged to deliver narratives! A short application will be sent out to your school’s faculty coordinator if you are interested.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.