May 16 Equality Salon

May 16, 2017


Alice Paul maintained that women were the peace-loving half of the world and that by giving power to women, the possibilities of war would be diminished.  In fact, before women had formal political power, they organized internationally to promote the non-violent resolution of disputes.  In honor of Peace Day on May 18, which was originally celebrated by women prior to the U.S. entry into World War I, please join the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument for a lively and thought-provoking discussion on the history of women as advocates in the Peace through Law Movement, and why it matters in today’s political landscape more than ever.

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Speakers Include:

Stephenie Foster, Partner, Smash Strategies

Stephenie Foster is a partner at Smash Strategies, a firm dedicated to advising businesses, foundations, and philanthropists who want to leverage their commitment to women and girls. In January 2017, she left the United States Department of State where she worked to advance the rights of, and opportunities for, women and girls. She served as Senior Advisor/Counselor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and also served at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan where she focused on women and civil society. Prior to joining the State Department, she had her own consulting firm, with an emphasis on domestic and international policy advocacy, government affairs, program development and training, and law. In both the US and abroad, she has worked extensively on programs to increase core civic engagement and advocacy skills, particularly of women; strategic planning; corporate and democratic governance; and project planning and management. Foster has worked in private law practice, as a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, and in senior management positions in the non-profit sector. She has published extensively on women and politics, including two manuals: Advocacy and Running for Office: A Training Manual for Women and Ending Violence Against Women and Human Trafficking: A Guide to New Strategies (with Cindy Dyer).

Dr. Hope Elizabeth May, Professor of Philosophy, Central Michigan University

Hope Elizabeth May is Professor of Philosophy at Central Michigan University, where she also directs its Center for International Ethics. Dr. May has created a number of innovative educational activities aimed at exposing the story of the 19th century “Peace through Law” tradition of The Hague  – and the role of organized women therein.  These activities include A Grotian MomentPiece of the PalacePro Concordia Labor, The Bertha von Suttner Project and the Forward Into Light Master Classes that she has organized with international partners in Europe.  She has spoken at a number of international institutions including The International Criminal Court and The Peace Palace (both in The Hague, The Netherlands), The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Phonm Penh, Cambodia), The No Gun Ri/Jeju Island Peace Academy (South Korea) and The Nobel Institute (Oslo, Norway).  She was recently awarded a Fulbright scholar grant to teach at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies at Kyunghee University in South Korea.