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Feminists on the Politics of Crisis: The Ninth Annual Women’s History Month Symposium

Northeastern’s 9th Annual Women’s History Month Symposium, presented by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program in March, put various crises under a microscope and examined them through a feminist lens. The symposium invited scholars and experts from many different fields to discuss the climate crisis, censorship, and abortion rights.

The first day of the symposium was headlined by Lizz Winstead, founder of the Abortion Access Front and co-creator of “The Daily Show.” Winstead performed a witty, yet honest comedy set about abortion rights and activism and later sat down for a Q&A session moderated by WGSS professor and director Suzanna Walters. The second day of the event was an all-day affair—nine speakers from various universities and organizations came to the Cabral Center to address the politics of crisis in relation to prevailing issues in people’s everyday lives.

At the end of the symposium, Walters remarked that the “feminist energy” present in the Cabral Center—within both the panelists and the audience—is what allows for hope about these situations. She encouraged the feminists and activists present to fight those who stand in the way of freedom and justice.

Read more about this year’s Women’s History Month Symposium in The Huntington News and Northeastern Global News. The opening comedy set and Q&A can be found here, and the complete recording of the symposium can be found here.

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