Early Registration Opens 11:00. Conference begins at 12:00.
Come at 11 to mingle, visit vendors, or to watch Equal Mans Equal.
This is a feminist conference that will focus on voice, power, and action. The goal is to strengthen the feminist movement in our state and to equip participants with the tools needed to advance equality in Michigan.
Our keynote speaker is National NOW Vice President Gilda Yazzie. We will also hear from Dr. Alicia Renee Farris, State Director Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan, and get an update from independent clinic providers in Michigan. We have break-out sessions that focus on empowering participants and taking action to bring about change. The conference also provides feminists with the opportunity to meet with fellow feminists working to bring about change in Michigan. Conference registration includes all-day beverage service and light snacks, It is an afternoon conference so lunch will not be served. This year you can also purchase items that reflect our conference theme (see details below).
Gilda Yazzie, NOW Vice President
Gilda Yazzie joined NOW when she realized that working with a national grassroots and feminist organization was essential to moving a progressive agenda forward. She has been active with NOW since 1996 as a Lifetime Member.
First elected to the national NOW board in the early 2000s, Yazzie’s strong leadership skills took her to positions on both the Budget and National Conference Committees. Other NOW roles include Chair of the Structure and Modernization Committee, part of NOW’s Modernization Campaign, and as principal organizer of the 2005 Women of Color and Allies Summit.
An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Yazzie is a longtime advocate for racial justice and civil rights. She continues her activism as an advocate for tribal and indigenous issues by keeping well informed about federal and state issues as they relate to native concerns.
Yazzie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and has been self-employed in various business enterprises throughout her professional life. As an entrepreneur, she has worked with local, state, and federal government agencies as well as with sovereign native nations.
PURCHASE NOW ITEMS
When you register for our conference you can also purchase bandanas and buttons that reflect our conference theme. Prices include shipping and handling. Note: On the order form you must choose the down arrow to see the menu of items. Choose the item you want and the quantity and it will appear on your order. You need to do this for each item you want to order.
Bandanas come in a set of 3 distinct designs for $16.50. They can be worn as a head band, an arm band, or used as a flag. They are 100% cotton, rolled hem edges, made in the USA, and printed at a union shop. Bandanas measure 22”W x 22”L. The bandanas designs are:
1) White with black printing. Has the NOW logo and the phrase, The Power of Women United!
2) Black with white printing. Has the NOW logo and the phrase, Stand Up! Speak Out!
3) Our Version of the pussy hat. Pink bandana with black cat images.
Buttons: 2” buttons in 4 designs. $2.50 each.
1) Resister (With NOW logo);
2) “Your silence will not protect you”, Audre Lorde;
3) Stand Up! Speak Out! (With NOW logo);
4) Can You Hear Us NOW! (With NOW logo).
Please Note: Our graphic artist is still finishing our final design, so the images we have on the order page give you a rough idea of the designs we’re working on.
THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN (NOW)
As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members and activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since our founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.