Gathering at the Well Forum
Traditionally, women gathered at the well to collect water and to share common issues, turning an onerous task into a source of community and strength. The Center for Women and Works' Gathering at the Well Forum is designed to tape into that strength by promoting dialogue on issues of women and work, with a determined focus on raising awareness and creating solutions that directly challenge and, ultimately, erode inequalities.
Our Gathering at the Well forum is an annual event that addresses cutting-edge issues related to healthy workplaces for women. We invite high profile speakers and local action-oriented discussants to cover topics that build on the expertise of CWW Associates. Diverse individuals and groups from throughout New England join us each year: community members, activists, policy makers, as well as university faculty, staff, and students.
Register today for the 15th Annual Gathering at the Well Forum presented by UMass Lowell’s Center for Women & Work and the Work, Labor and Society Program
We are the 99% : Women Organizing for Economic Justice
Throughout history women have taken a leading role in the struggle for economic and social justice. Whether in the streets or in the ballot box, women’s voices demand to be heard.
Join us in honoring the vital role women have played and continue to play in demanding a more just and equitable world.
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Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s exciting program!
"We Were There!" is a multi-media women's labor history project featuring voices, songs, and slides depicting our sisters' struggles from abolitionist Sojourner Truth, fighting for women's rights to Dolores Huerta fighting with the farm workers of today. Music by Bev Grant, veteran social activist, feminist, singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY and formerly leader of the band, Human Condition. Currently musical director of the Brooklyn Women's Chorus, Bev has been the cultural director of the UALE NE Summer Institute for Union Women for the past 17 years.
Women’s Caucus of Occupy Boston: members will talk about their experiences during the Occupy Boston encampment, galvanizing women and organizing events that brought attention to social and economic issues facing women in society. They will then lead the group in a “General Assembly”, which was a central meeting format where decisions were made during the occupation.
Mindy Fried is a sociologist and activist who felt compelled to join the Women’s Caucus of Occupy Boston to support leadership of women in the Occupy movement, to challenge problems of sexism and sexual harassment at the encampment, and to speak out about the impact of our economy and social policies on women overall. She co-runs a small social science consulting group called Arbor Consulting Partners.
Rachel McNeill is an Iraq veteran who participated in Occupy Boston's efforts from the beginning with the Women's Caucus and Free School University. She is currently an undergraduate at Harvard University Extension School studying International Relations and History and member of the steering committee for Warrior Writers.
Nicole Sullivan is earning her associates degree of sociology at Bunker Hill Community College. She has dedicated her life to bringing a feminist analysis to democratic and anti-authoritarian movements. Nicole has been an integral part of several national movements, most notably the Occupy and Slutwalk movements. She founded the feminist collective Boston Feminists for Liberation and works within mad pride, environmental and labour organizations.
A roundtable of student and community groups working towards economic and social justice.
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, followed by lunch
Alumnae Hall, 84 University Avenue
UMass Lowell North Campus
(Suggested donation: $25)
RSVP by March 28th to join us for lunch
Co-sponsored by Center for Women & Work; the Work, Labor and Society Program; the Gender Studies Program; Protestant Campus Ministry at Lowell; and the Center for Family, Work & Community.
Funded in part by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership