The Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership Logo
About Us
Events and Programs
Stanton/Anthony Conversations
Legacy Dinner
100 Years
Women Leading Local Governments
Support ACWL
First Women
Suffrage History
of Rochester

The 2011 Stanton/Anthony Conversations and Luncheon

Friday, October 21, 2011
12 noon – Luncheon ($40 per person/$20 per student)
1:30 – 3:00 pm - Conversations (free and open to the public.)

In Labor: Women in America’s Unions
Women face challenges as workers and aspiring leaders of organized labor. Our current jobs crisis in America disproportionately effects women. This is a critical time to consider the roles of women in the workforce.  Join thinkers and activists to explore cutting edge issues for working women, their families, and communities. Dorothy Sue Cobble, labor historian and author of The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American  Labor (Cornell, 2007) from Rutgers University, Natasha Vargas-Cooper, a writer and labor activist in Los Angeles and Washington D.C, Patricia Greenfield, UR '76 Political Science, who has been a labor educator and advocate for over three decades, and Ai-Jen Poo, founding director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance will participate in the dialogue.
Patricia Greenfield will moderate.

Attendence at the 12 noon Luncheon is $40 per person/$20 per student and open to the public. Luncheon reservation required. The Conversations from, 1.30pm-3.30pm, are free and open to the public.

Keynote Address

The key note address will be given by Ai-Jen Poo following a memorial presentation by Dr. Vivian Lewis in honor of Nora Bredes

Ai-Jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo has been organizing immigrant women workers in New York since 1996, where she started as the Women Workers Project organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. In 2000 she helped start Domestic Workers United, an organization of nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in New York organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build the social justice movement.  DWU led the campaign to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in NY and helped to organize the first national meeting of domestic workers organizations at the US Social Forum in 2007, which resulted in the formation of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is a recipient of the Alston Bannerman Fellowship for Organizers of Color, the Twink Frey Visiting Scholar Fellowship at University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women, the Prime Movers Fellowship, and the 2011 American Express NGen Leadership Award.


Panelists Include:

Dorothy Sue Cobble
Pat Greenfield
Natasha Vargas-Cooper

Dorothy Sue Cobble holds a joint appointment in the Department of Labor Studies & Employment Relations and the Department of History at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. in American History from Stanford University in 1986. She studies the changing nature of work, social movements, and social policy in the U.S. and globally. Her books include Women and Unions: Forging a Partnership (Cornell, 1993); The Other Women’s Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America (Princeton, 2004) which won the 2005 Philip Taft Book Prize for the best book in American labor history in 2004; and The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor (Cornell, 2007).

Pat Greenfield began work in the labor movement as a Chicago legal aid lawyer, serving as local steward, president and volunteer organizer.  At UMass Amherst she directed the Labor Relations and Research Center's Labor Studies program, taught in the management school, and became a local NEA officer.  Moving to the DC area, she worked on SEIU's international staff in the public campaign division and as Education Director. She has spent the last decade at the National Labor College, created by the labor movement to provide unionists access to higher education.  As Provost she helped lead the College through its first accreditation; she recently returned to teaching at the NLC and is an officer in her CWA local.  She holds a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Natasha Vargas-Cooper graduated from UCLA with a BA in history and worked for several years as a union organizer in L.A. and Washington, D.C.  She began her writing career as a film critic for E! Entertainment. Her reporting, essays, and interviews have appeared in print and Web publications ranging from the Daily Beast and  New York Magazine tp Gawker. She is also author of the book Mad Men Unbuttoned. In April her op-ed piece, “We Work Hard, But Who's Complaining?” appeared in the New York Times.