Gender Equity

Why Women Now

June 5, 2020  • Aspen Ideas Now

The past years have seen a tremendous mobilization of women, from #MeToo and Time’s Up to climate strikes and marches for political freedom. The potential to shift women’s political, economic, and social power is profound, so how will this activism be harnessed to fundamentally change our nation’s course? What is the agenda for women going into the 2020 elections? Hear from corporate and political leaders who are galvanizing the energy, anger, and power of women to create an inclusive and diverse women’s agenda.

Alicia Garza is an organizer, activist, writer, and speaker working on the frontlines for black liberation. The strategy and partnerships director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she works to build a movement at the intersections of race, gender, and the economy. In 2018, Garzafounded the Black Futures Lab, an organization dedicated to building political power in black communities. Previously, she co-founded the Black Lives Matter global network to end state violence against black people after the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Garza’s writing has been featured in TimeMicMarie Claire, The GuardianEssence, and The New York Times. Her numerous awards and honors include the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize. Garza is participating in the Aspen Ideas Festival as a 2019 Scholar.

Lola Adedokun is program director for child well-being and director of the African Health Initiative at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In these respective roles, she promotes children’s healthy development and protection from abuse and neglect in the United States and works to link implementation research and workforce training to deliver primary health care in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Adedokun was an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, responsible for management and analysis of HIV/AIDS surveillance data, and an analyst at Abt Associates Inc. She was a co-founder and advisor for Boys Speak Out and an advisor for the Adaptive Education Languages Institute.

Peggy Clark is a Vice President of the Aspen Institute, Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group, and Director of the Artisan Alliance. Peggy has had a 30-year career working on issues of poverty alleviation, global health, social enterprise, and development finance. Serving in founding and leadership roles at the Aspen Institute, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children, Realizing Rights, and numerous boards, Peggy has been a leading figure in identifying and building industries, movements, and creative advocacy on key issues of our times. Peggy received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise from President Bill Clinton, and was instrumental in passage of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the Ethical Recruitment of Health Workers.  Currently, Peggy directs a portfolio of programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development in the areas of health innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Cecile Richards is a co-founder of Supermajority, an organization fighting for gender equity. She was president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund from 2006 to 2018 and before that, served as deputy chief of staff to Nancy Pelosi. In 2004, Richards founded and served as president of America Votes, a coalition of national grassroots organizations working to maximize registration, education, and voter participation. Author of the New York Timesbest-seller Make Trouble and a frequent speaker and commentator on politics and progressive issues, she was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011 and 2012.

Anne Mosle is a vice president and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute and also serves as co-chair of the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls. As a leader in building pathways to opportunity for children, women, and families with low incomes, her expertise is in the sweet spot of policy, practice, and philanthropy, and she has been a catalytic force in the two-generation approach and leadership strategies for child and family well-being. Among other roles, Mosle was previously a vice president and officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she led Family Economic Security, Civic and Philanthropic Engagement, and Impact Investing teams, and was president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She serves on the board of the American Health and Human Services Association and serves as an advisor to numerous public, private, and philanthropic efforts focused on creating intergenerational economic mobility.

Myla Calhoun is president of the Alabama Power Foundation and vice president of charitable giving for Alabama Power. Previously, she was the general counsel and senior vice president of regional development and public policy for the Birmingham Business Alliance and legal counsel for United States Pipe and Foundry Company. Calhoun is a 2018 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow and a member of the advisory board for Stonehenge Capital. She serves on the Alabama Workforce Council and is a board member of Children’s of Alabama, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Birmingham Museum of Art, Indian Springs School, and the Virginia Samford Theatre.