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Weissman Center for Leadership

Women at the Helm: What is Our Obligation?

Fall 2012, Spring 2013

"Woman in the world: It means never giving up - on yourself, your potential, your future. It means getting up, working hard, and putting a country or a community on your back."
-Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Secretary of State

In this year where Mount Holyoke College celebrates 175 years by highlighting women of influence, the Weissman Center for Leadership will also bring women's leadership into focus by exploring the importance of women at the helm and their obligation. Why obligation? With leadership, we believe action is necessary, whether to speak out, garner resources, round the masses, push back, or forge ahead in new directions.

Although fewer than 20% of women are heads of state or hold elected office, and 8% of women in the world are CEOs of businesses, we turn our spotlight on those making changes by opening up opportunities that will pave the way for more women to steer, whether a policy or a country. We need women at the helm of government, business, and communities - now, more than ever. We will bring attention to women in politics by featuring Mary V. Hughes '74 and the vital work of The 2012 Project during this important year of a national election in the United States. Our Leading Women in the Arts series will showcase successful artistry in the life and work of acclaimed author Francine Prose. We will highlight women at the top of social entrepreneurship, waging social good through their businesses. In the spring, we spotlight Lilly Ledbetter who will tell her riveting story that led to the Fair Pay Act including the importance of shaping policy. We will feature international diplomacy and the undertaking of women in world matters in a lecture by Ambassador June Carter Perry (event cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances). And we will bring The OpEd Project to campus in a workshop to help amplify voices of women as opinion makers. Join us this year as we explore the important contributions of women at the helm - including our own Mount Holyoke Alumnae.


Women and the 2012 Elections: A Strategy for Closing the Political Leadership Gap
Public Lecture
Thursday, September 27, 2012 4:30 PM
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall
Free and open to the public

Leading Woman in the Arts: Language and Character
Public Lecture
Language and Character
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:00 PM
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Building
Free and open to the public

Social Entrepreneurs: Women Waging Social Good
Public Lecture 
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 7:00 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Free and open to the public

Diplomacy: On the Front Lines of Public Service
Event cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Lilly Ledbetter and Her Fight for Equal Pay
Public Lecture and Panel Discussion
Lilly Ledbetter with panelists Marcia Greenberger, Judith Lichtman, and Mariko Chang Moderated by Judith Lonnquist '62
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 7:00 PM
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall
Free and open to the public

The OpEd Project
Luncheon Keynote and Workshop
Friday, February 15, 2013 12-5 PM
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
Online student application required by 2/6