Women in Leadership

Conversations Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 14, 2016  • Aspen Institute Staff

This past week Aspen Institute Radio celebrated International Women’s Day by featuring conversations with Tina Tchen, White House assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady; Melissa Harris-Perry, Wake Forest University professor and former MSNBC host; and more. The conversations were part of the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls, a day-long event featuring conversations with leaders in the movement for economic justice and equality for women and girls. Read below for highlights from these discussions, and click on the video links to learn more about these issues.

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Building the Agenda: Lessons Across Communities and Sectors

In the lead up to the White House Summit on the United State of Women, featured policy, research, and advocacy leaders from the Aspen Institute, Ford Foundation, and other organizations explore new voices, lessons from the international and US landscapes, and approaches for addressing the needs of women and families today.

To watch this segment of the conversation, start at 15:04.

Solutions and Strategies for Advancing an Economic Agenda for Women and Families in the US

While the national conversation is focused on the presidential race and Washington gridlock, this session’s four featured panelists are are leading with solutions that help build educational success, economic security, and health and well-being for women and families. Whether they are working with women who are justice-involved, single mothers building their skills for living wage jobs, or leveraging the grassroots capacity of women across the country, these leaders recognize that both generations need to succeed together in order for families to thrive today and for generations to come.

To watch this segment of the conversation, start at 1:32:37.

The Global Women’s Movement: Progress, Perils and the Path Forward

This decade has seen historic progress for women and girls all over the world. More girls are in school, there are declines in maternal mortality and increased access to reproductive health services, and more women in leadership positions. Yet huge disparities remain, and there are barriers to be overcome across all sectors and reach from attitudes and behaviors in individual families to the highest levels of national and global policymaking. What is the vision ahead for the global women’s movement?

To watch this segment of the conversation, start at 2:36:47.

The United State of Women: Accomplishments of the Obama Administration and the Agenda Ahead

White House leadership shares what the Obama Administration has invested in women and girls, what they hope to accomplish through the White House Summit on the United State of Women, and their agenda moving forward.

To watch this segment of the conversation, start at 4:23:12.