The Kenner Keynote: Generation Equality
Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (2018-2019), in conversation with Dr. Susan Bailey ’63, Executive Director, Wellesley Centers for Women (1985-2010). With an introduction by President Paula A. Johnson.
Ms. Espinosa and Dr. Bailey will discuss plans for the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico and France and how the forum is building off 25 years of United Nations–led engagement on gender issues.
Wellesley has a unique place in this continuum. At the historic Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 Wellesley's presence was visible and vital. In her role as US Ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright ’59 headed the US delegation to Beijing. At this conference, Hillary Clinton ’69, then First Lady of the United States, presented a speech at which she declared, “human rights are women's rights and women’s rights are human rights.” While her message seems self-evident today, Clinton’s proclamation resonated as a radical statement of gender equality. Dr. Bailey ’63 was also present at the conference’s gathering of non-governmental representatives.
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