PASSHE Women’s Studies Conference: Call for Proposals

Posted on 4/23/2012 2:52:23 AM

Students, faculty and staff members, administrators, and community members are encouraged to submit conference proposals for the PASSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) Women’s Consortium and Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference, September 14–15, 2012, at California University of Pennsylvania.

The deadline for submissions is May 6, 2012.

Programs will relate to the conference theme: Finding a Voice and Leading for Change. Leadership may be demonstrated in the home, workplace, politics, volunteer efforts, the university, corporations, media, etc.

Proposals may include panel discussions (several speakers presenting on a theme), experiential workshops (hands-on programs in which attendees will learn new skills or information through active engagement and participation), traditional paper presentations (original research presented to the audience), or roundtable discussions (leader has a primary issue and initiates the discussion on a particular topic then facilitates discussion among participants). All sessions will be one hour in length.

Proposals should include

  • A short title for the session
  • Names and titles (as you would like them written in the conference program) and e-mail addresses of all presenters
  • A 500 (or fewer) word abstract describing the proposed topic. Indicate if you will be doing a panel discussion, workshop, traditional paper presentation, or roundtable.
  • A résumé or curriculum vita for at least one of the presenters.

Please submit proposals electronically to by May 6, 2012. Please be aware that if your proposal is accepted, conference officials expect that you are committed to attending.

Did You Know?

Women comprise half the paid workforce and extend more unpaid volunteer hours than men. At home, women do two-thirds of the housework and spend double the time on family care than men. More than 60 percent of undergraduate degrees and about half of all graduate degrees are awarded to women. Women “do it all,” except land the privileges and opportunities to lead.

Twelve Fortune 500 companies (2.4 percent) are led by women. Congress boasts a mere 16 percent of seats held by women. Three percent of clout positions in mainstream media are held by women. Thirteen percent of Sunday news show guests are women. Only 13.5 percent of universities are led by female presidents. Across the board, women earn less than men, costing women on average $1,000,000 over a lifetime.

Now, more than ever, the world needs female leaders to bring their voices to the table. Evidence shows that when a worthy percentage of women is at the table, policies become more family friendly, companies see higher profits for shareholders, and employees are more satisfied with their jobs. When women find their voices at home, it leads to greater equity, greater commitment, and greater satisfaction for families. Moreover, money is spent in ways that are advantageous to the health and well-being of families.