Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Free Public Policy Forum: The Feminization of Poverty

The local chapter of the YWCA is co-sponsoring a forum about how national and local policies create barriers for women, especially women with children, to being self-sufficient and living above the poverty line. Registration is free for the first 400 people and lunch will be provided. All the details are below. Here's a link to the keynote speaker's website. She has an incredible story to tell. You should come. I bet you'll learn something new and interesting.

The Feminization of Poverty
A public policy forum presented by the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas
and The J. McDonald Williams Institute

May 7, 2007
11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Doubletree Hotel, Campbell Centre
8250 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206

The concept of the Feminization of Poverty is based in data showing that female-headed households account for a disproportionately larger number of households living below the poverty line when compared to male-headed households. Simply having a job does not guarantee living above the poverty line. Currently, more than 400,000 female headed families in North Texas are experiencing the impact of the feminization of poverty.

The YWCA and the J. McDonald Williams Institute will be holding a policy forum on this significant issue. Please join us for a discussion about how living in poverty affects the lives of women and their children, told by women who have been affected by it firsthand.

Our guest speaker will be Cupcake Brown, a litigation attorney at Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco. Cupcake is also the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir A Piece of Cake (Crown Publishers). She has been featured on numerous radio stations; on television shows ranging from CNN and PBS to CBS’ “The Early Show” and “Montel Williams;” in numerous newspapers, including the New York Times; and in many magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, California Lawyer, Essence, Ebony, Marie Claire, and JET. Glamour Magazine named her its “Hero of the Month,” and O: The Oprah Magazine profiled her as a “Phenomenal Woman.”

Registration Information
Click here to register. Participation is free for the first 400 individuals. Additional participants will be charged $30 each.

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1 comment:

SerenitySprings said...

Awesome! I signed up to attend and I sent a message to my gender professor and couple of other professors and also to some students.

Thanks for the info!