Communicate, Participate, Advocate! Conversations with the National Woman’s Party

March 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 21st, 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Price: NWP Members FREE/$20 for Non-Members

The National Woman’s Party used a number of strategies to win the vote and work towards equality: picketing and other types of long-term public protest, sustained political lobbying and support of female candidates political campaigns. How can we learn from our history, take the NWP’s template and make it our own?

Join the National Woman’s Party for an exciting afternoon of action-oriented discussions and fresh perspectives for getting involved, mobilizing through technology, and engaging all ages to find your civic voice.

Program registration includes the Equality Salon in the evening, and wine and refreshments will be served

1:00 p.m.     Gallery Talk, Tactics and Strategies

As the United States was on the brink of war in 1917, the NWP had to make a decision about whether or not to continue to protest of suspend their activities to support the war effort. Bob Enholm, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, and NWP Deputy Director, Jennifer Krafchik will lead a discussion about the NWP pickets at the White House from 1917-1919 and the decisions made by the Wilson administration and local officials at that time to address the pickets.

 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Panel #1: Get Engaged, Get Involved–Mobilizing Involvement through Technology and Setting the Stage for Future Generations

This panel will discuss the new ways and new venues that activists are using to mobilize for equality, and the need to engage women and men of all ages to find their civic voice and become a part of social, economic, and political change throughout the world.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Megan J. Smith, 3rd United States Chief Technology Officer, Entrepreneur, Engineer

Paula Stern, Chairwoman The Stern Group, Senior adviser to the National Center for Women & Information Technology,  Former Chairwoman, United States International Trade Commission

Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, Director, Social Intelligence Lab- University of Maryland Human Computer Interaction Lab (Moderator)

Listen to the audio recording of Get Engaged, Get Involved here:


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Panel #2: Creating a Pipeline to Activism and Civic Engagement for all Ages

As we approach the 2020 centennial celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment when women won the right to vote, what can we do now to set the stage for the next 100 years of activism and provide a pipeline for young women to find their civic voice, and become leaders in all sectors? In a recent paper, published in the journal Science, researchers found that “women are underrepresented in fields whose members cherish brilliance” because gender stereotypes harbored from a young age are likely to “discourage women’s pursuit of many prestigious careers.” How does engaging in civic action at a young age lead to long-term success in education and future careers? This panel will discuss ways to foster confidence, positive choices, and independence by encouraging young women to take action on issues that matter to them, and engage in civic action through community organizing and advocacy.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Meredith Walker, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Melissa Richmond, Vice President, Running Start

Chitra Panjabi, President & CEO, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

Krissah Thompson, The Washington Post (Moderator)

Listen to the audio recording of Creating a Pipeline here:


4:45 – 5:15 p.m.    Gallery Talk, Is the Equal Rights Amendment is still relevant today?

When Alice Paul wrote the ERA in 1923, NWP members were polarized on whether or not such a blanket piece of legislation would have a positive or negative impact on women. Some saw the ERA as the next logical step to true equality and some were worried the law would strip women of the few pieces of protective labor legislation they had won. Many members left the Party in protest, but those that remained continued to fight for the ERA throughout the 20th century. Today, the ERA continues to spark discussion around the potential implications and if the amendment is even still needed.  Bettina Hager, COO & DC Director, ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality and Lucy Beard, Executive Director, Alice Paul Institute, will lead a discussion about the Equal Rights Amendment, its long history, and ongoing activities toward its passage.

5:30 p.m.: Equality Salon

Have you ever visited the Museum and thought “I wish these walls could talk?” Now’s your chance to be part of the conversation with the National Woman’s Party’s monthly Equality Salon series. Network with other NWP members at our evening salons, reminiscent of the discussions presided over by Alice Paul during her many decades of work in the house.  These monthly thought provoking and inspirational evenings will provide you with an opportunity to discuss contemporary issues of importance to women while being surrounded by the unparalleled collection of the National Woman’s Party. Salons are held on the third Tuesday of each month, with discussions beginning at 6:00 pm followed by networking and hospitality at 7:15 pm. Continue the historic conversations on the progress toward equality, network with others, and join the community of the National Woman’s Party.

Nithya Nathan-Pineau, Program Director, Detained Children’s Program, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition

Listen to the audio recording of the Equality Salon with Nithya Nathan-Pineau here:

This program will serve as the annual meeting for National Woman’s Party members.