The Hillary Effect: How Will the Secretary of State Change the Status of Women Worldwide?

The Hillary Effect 

In honor of the 2009 International Women’s Day celebrations,

the American-Scandinavian Foundation, Demos, and the World Policy Institute
are pleased to present a panel discussion and reception:
 
The Hillary Effect:
How will the Secretary of State Change the Status of Women Worldwide?
 
Though Mrs. Clinton is the third female US Secretary of State, some think that her appointment could herald a new chapter for global women’s rights. She is, after all, a candidate who ran for President partly on the fact that she was a female and that “it was time.” Will Hillary Clinton extend that platform to her diplomacy? Can she? Should she? If so, what should her policy priorities be? Will she identify the United States, as she sought to do during her time as First Lady, with women’s rights? What will be the fate of the Bush Administration’s controversial women’s initiative to the Arab world? What might she take to heart from women leaders around the world –where many countries are far ahead of the United States in terms of representation by women in key political positions?
 
Speakers:
 
Senator Pilar Cayetano, member of the Philippine Senate and President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians
 
Blanche Wiesen Cook, bestselling biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt, and Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center
 
Rounaq Jahan, Senior Research Scholar at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs and former Bangladeshi representative to the UN
 
Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen, Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations
 
World Policy Institute Senior Fellow and New York Times science writer Claudia Dreifus will moderate.
 
When:
Monday, March 9, 2009
6-8 pm
A reception with light refreshments will start at 6 pm; the panel discussion will begin at 6:30. 
 
Where:
Scandinavia House
Victor Borge Auditorium
58 Park Avenue (between 37th and 38th streets)
New York, New York
 
Cost and RSVP:
The cost of this event is $10.  The fee will be waived for full-time students with ID and non-profit professionals.  
 
You can also register by emailing events@worldpolicy.org or calling 212-481-5005 Option 2.
 
Speaker Biographies
 
Senator Pilar (Pia) Cayetano is the youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate. Four years into her first term, Senator Cayetano has been responsible for crafting and co-authoring a number of landmark laws as chairperson of the senate committees on health and demography and on environment and natural resources.  An advocate of women’s health and empowerment, she authored and introduced the Magna Carta of Women, which aims to end all forms of gender discrimination.  In 2008, Senator Cayetano was elected President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Coordinating Committee of Women Parliamentarians, the highest position held by a Filipino in the IPU’s 119-year history. Prior to her election to Senate, Senator Cayetano served as chairman of the Maxi Group of Companies beginning in 2001.  A lawyer by profession, she was a general counsel of the Philweb Corporation from 2000 to 2001.  She was an officer for the legal and corporate affairs of the Belle Corporation from 1996 to 1999, and was previously an associate lawyer of the Castillo, Laman Tan, and Pantaleon Law Offices in Manila. 
 
Blanche Wiesen Cook is Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies at the John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She was chosen for the honor of Scholar of the Year in 1996 by the New York State Council on the Humanities. She is the author of the bestselling biographies Eleanor Roosevelt:  Volume One (Viking, 1992), which remained on The New York Times bestseller list for three months and received the 1992 Biography Prize from The Los Angeles Times and the Lambda Literary Award; and Volume Two (Viking Penguin, 1999), and is presently working on the third and final volume. Dr. Cook speaks regularly on history, politics and women’s issues for political, academic and community organiza tions. In addition to the biographies, she has edited and contributed to several anthologies, and is the author of Crystal Eastman On Women & Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1978), and The Declassified Eisenhower (Doubleday, 1981), a New York Times Book Review notable book of 1981. For more than twenty years, she also produced and hosted her own program for Radio Pacifica, originally called Activists and Agitators, and later retitled Women and the World in the 1990s. Dr. Cook appears frequently as a commentator on such programs as The Today Show, Good Morning America, C-Span’s Booknotes, and MacNeil/Lehrer, where she participated in the joint PBS-NBC coverage of the 1992 Democratic National Convention.
 
Rounaq Jahan joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1990 as a senior research scholar at the Southern Asian Institute and as an adjunct professor of international affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs. Professor Jahan’s research is concentrated on gender and development, governance, health, and politics of Bangladesh. Among her books are Bangladesh: Promise and Performance, which she edited (Zed Books 2000); The Elusive Agenda: Mainstreaming Women in Development (St. Martin’s Press 1995); Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues (University Press 1980); Women and Development: Perspectives from South and South-East Asia, which she coedited with Hanna Papanek (Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs 1979); and Pakistan: Failure in National Integration (Columbia 1972).  Professor Jahan has held fellowships at the CHR-Michelsen Institute in Norway, the University of Chicago’s Committee on South Asia, the Center for Asian Development Studies at Boston University, and the Center for International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy Institute, and has been a consultant to UNDP, UNFPA, UNIFEM, UNICEF, UNCDF, SIDA, NORAD, USAID, OECD, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has also been a member of many organizations and associations, among which are the advisory board of Human Rights Watch; the international council of the Asia Society; and a representative of Bangladesh to the 32nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1977.
 
Ambassador Kirsti Lintonen is the Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations in New York.  Before taking up her post in 2005, she was Ambassador to South Africa from 2000 and, from 2001, simultaneously represented Finland in Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia and Swaziland.  She was also the Finnish representative to the Southern African Development Community (SADC).  From 1996 to 2000, she was Under-Secretary of State at Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also served on the governing councils of several international funds and banks, including the African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Asian Development Bank.  She was Deputy Director-General for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry from 1994 to 1996, and served as Ambassador to Namibia from 1990 to 1994.  Ambassador Lintonen began her diplomatic career at the Finnish Foreign Ministry in 1971, and occupied progressive positions in several capitals, including Brussels, Berlin, Belgrade and London.  She was Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Policy and International Affairs from 1983 to 1987 and Deputy Ambassador in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1987 to 1990.
 
Moderator
 
World Policy Institute Senior Fellow Claudia Dreifus writes about the lives of international scientists in her popular interview column in the Science Times section of The New York Times, "A Conversation with…" When the scientific honor society Sigma Xi made her an honorary member in 2006, they described her as "a pioneering and original force in making science accessible." Ms. Dreifus’ interviews with leading figures in world politics, particularly with emerging women leaders, have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Ms., The Nation, Playboy, The Progressive, Mother Jones, Town and Country, AARP’s The Magazine, and many others. Two collections of her interviews, Scientific Conversations: Interviews on Science from the New York Times, and Interview, are used as texts in journalism classes throughout the world. Ms. Dreifus has reported from Chile, Nicaragua, Burma and Pakistan. In 2006, the American Society of Journalists and Authors awarded her its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. She teaches "Magazine Writing With An International Dateline" at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is currently co-authoring a book, Higher Education?, with the political scientist Andrew Hacker, to be published in 2009 by Holt/Times Books.
 

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