40 years of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964


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Veteran Feminists of America presents

A Conference celebrating 40 years of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, with

Eleanor Clift
Sheila Tobias
Lois K. Herr

April 30 - May 2, 2004

Holiday Inn, Newton, Massachusetts
399 Grove St., Newton MA 02462


AAUW - Massachusetts, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, League of Women Voters of Mass., Mass. Women's Political Caucus, Mass. NOW, Acton Area NOW, Cape Ann / North Shore NOW, Lexington Area NOW


Friday, April 30, 2004

Informal Buffet Supper at nearby home. "Power vs. the People", film of an EEOC hearing in Houston TX in 1970 with Bill Brown chairing, will be shown on Friday evening and again on Sat. - about 1/2 hour. CEO's are being hauled in to testify and Brown questions them about their Affirmative Action policies.

Saturday, May 1, 2004

  • 7:30-9:00: Breakfast and Greetings by Mayor David Cohen
  • 9:00-11:00: A Look Back at Title VII: The Law and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Moderator: Sheila Tobias, author of "Faces of Feminism". Aileen Hernandez, 2nd president, NOW, William H. Brown III, Chair 1969-'73, EEOC
  • 11:15-12:45 Early Cases: Academia, A.T.&T. and the Publishing Industry.
    Lois K. Herr, author of "Women, Power and AT&T: Winning Rights in the Workplace", Suzanne Butler, EEOC Investigator in Boston
    Litigants: Prof. Christiane Joost-Gaugier, Tufts case, and Lorena Weeks, Southern Bell case,
    Former Mass. State Sen. Lois Pines: Houghton, Mifflin cases in Boston
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  • 1:15-12:45: Extending Workplace Benefits & Protections Deborah Ellis, Adjunct Prof., NYU Law School, Nathalie Norris, Plaintiff, Norris v. State of AZ, Speaker TBA, from AFSCME
  • 1:00-2:30: Luncheon with speaker TBA Judge Nancy Gertner, US District Court of MA
  • 2:45-4:00: Women in Non-traditional Jobs
    Jody A. Reilly, MA State Police Maura Russell, Dir., Women in the Bldg. Trades
  • 2:45-4:00: The Current Situation, Backlash, and Response: Combatting the Threats
    Moderator: Phyllis Segal, Founding Legal Director of NOW-LDEF. Kathy Rodgers, President of NOW-LDEF, Sheila Tobias, Lois K. Herr, Martha Davis, Assoc. Prof. Law, Northeastern University Law School
  • 4:15-5:00: Strategies: Discussion Session
  • 6:30 p.m. (approx.): Saturday evening Banquet Eleanor Clift, Newsweek and "Washington Week in Review", Jacqui Ceballos, President of VFA, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)

Sunday, May 2, 2004

  • 8:30-9:00: Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:15: Wal-Mart and Current Cases
    Moderator: Priscilla M. Leith. Mary Ann Sedey, past president of National Employment Lawyers Association, Ellen Zucker, Atty. and former president, Boston NOW, Attorneys for Wal-Mart cases, TBA
  • 9:00-10:15: Alternatives to Title VII - Start Your Own Business!
    Moderator: Jennifer Lane, Pres. of New England Women Business Owners (NEWBO). Lisa Gonzalez, Small Business Administration, Kathy J. Elliott, Author of "Old Girls Network"
  • 10:30-12:00: Employment and Economic Challenges Ahead
    Anne Ladky, Exec. Director, Women Employed, Kathleen Casavant, Treasurer, Mass. AFL-CIO, Economist, TBA
  • 10:30-12:00 Concurrent Session, topic TBA

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