Stereotype (noun): a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.
Women are confronted daily with fixed and oversimplified notions of our capabilities, diversity, knowledge, and motivations. Over the past two years, we have navigated social upheaval, a resurgence of racism and sexism in public discourse, and a public health crisis disproportionately burdening women. Through it all, we have had to navigate inequities and sexist/racist/classist assumptions about our abilities. This ever-present stereotyping has led to anger, burnout, frustration, and hopelessness, and has been disproportionately experienced by queer women and non-binary people, Black and brown women, and economically disadvantaged women.
Fortunately, women continue to find ways to uplift and empower one another in our careers, communities, and lives. Daily, we are surpassing the stereotypes imposed on us without sacrificing our unique identities, experiences, or world views.
The 2021 WLA #SurpassingStereotypes Fall Conference seeks to spotlight the ongoing efforts of women who promote empowerment, intersectionality, and mentorship in the quest for equality. Our speakers inspire us to continue the work of showing up as our authentic selves in our work and our communities.
The conference will be held virtually from Friday, November 5–Saturday, November 6; however, we have reserved WCC 1019 for group viewing as our speakers from around the country (and world!) provide their insights on how they bring their full selves to their work and their communities.
Our speaker list includes:
Olivia Breen, Paralympian
Ally Cole, Purple Campaign
Joanne Molinarot, aka The Korean Vegan
Professor Meera Deo, Southwestern Law School
HLS Clinical Professors
Health and Medical Professionals Combatting COVID-19
Please save the date and join the HLS community in learning from these incredible people and engaging in conversation about how we all can #SurpassStereotypes every day.
Speaker events on Nov. 5th will be 9am to 10am, 12:30pm to 1:30pm, and 3pm to 4pm. Sessions on Saturday will run from 9am to 3pm. Fill free to come to as many or as little of a time as you can!