LWVJC to host virtual panel discussion ‘Where are the Women Now?’


IOWA CITY — Due to ongoing COVID-19 related restrictions, the 100th anniversary commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment permitting women the right to vote, a panel discussion with University of Iowa women leaders, Where are the Women Now?, will be held virtually on Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

The deliberation will be held online at the League of Women Voters of Johnson County’s Facebook page. Iowa City Cable Channel 4 will live stream the discussion and the video will be replayed on their cable channel.

The discussion updates what has emerged since President John F. Kennedy ordered a study on the status of women in 1961. The Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, chaired by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, launched a series of studies and publications, along with the eventual founding of NOW, the first new feminist organization and the second wave of feminism following women’s right to vote.

University of Iowa Center for Advancement President and CEO Lynette Marshall will moderate the discussion to highlight women’s progress in the 20th and 21st centuries. Panelists include Meenakshi “Gigi” Durham, Professor in the school of Journalism and Mass Communications; Beth Livingston, Professor, Tippie College of Business; and Adrien Katherine Wing, Associate Dean of International and Comparative Law at the College of Law, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law, and Director of France Study Abroad program.

The panel discussion will be live-streamed to League’s Facebook page, or at LWVJC.org. The panel discussion live-stream will begin Monday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Questions from viewers will be taken during the event via Facebook comments and the League email jclwvoters@gmail.com. The discussion will be recorded for later viewing on City Channel 4. Visit citychannel4.com in the weeks that follow for the TV schedule or to watch the program online.

The sponsors of the panel presentation are the University of Iowa 19th Amendment Committee and the UI Public Policy Center. LWVJC is a sponsor of the 19th Amendment exhibit. MidWestOne is a sponsor of the Old Capitol Museum exhibit, “Hard Won. Not Done: A Century of Impact.” Education opportunities and public programming at the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums are available online during the fall 2020 semester. The 19th Amendment Exhibit may be viewed online: https://www.thinglink.com/video/1364714752487456770.