What are the barriers to full legal equality for women in the US?
No matter how much progress has been made, women continue to face legal discrimination and attacks on their fundamental human rights including reproductive justice, marriage equality and its alternatives, and sexual liberty.
Melissa Murray says about these barriers, “As women, we have more opportunities than our mothers and grandmothers enjoyed. But we still face many of the same problems that plagued earlier generations—a persistent wage gap, the absence of equal pay, limited support for caregiving, unequal family responsibilities, continued attacks on reproductive rights and justice. If we are serious about the prospect of women’s equality, we must be prepared to face—and remedy—these problems.”
Join us to hear from NYU Professor Melissa Murray about the forces driving these inequalities and what can and needs to be done.
This event is open to all people of all gender identities. All are welcome!
What You’ll Learn
- How, in 2019, U.S. law does not grant equal protection women’s rights
- What are the opportunities to achieve gender equality in our legal system
- Strategies to promote and advocate for women’s rights, even if you’re not a legal expert
- Career opportunities for women working in legal equality
- The role male allies play in supporting equal rights
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- 8:00 – 8:30 am – Doors open, guests arrive and breakfast is served
- 8:30 – 9:00 am – Brief meditation + Interview
- 9:00 – 9:30 am – Q&A + Closing
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Melissa Murray is a Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, where she teaches constitutional law, family law, criminal law, and reproductive rights and justice. Murray’s research interests focus on the legal regulation of sex and sexuality. Her writing has appeared in a range of legal and lay publications, including the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the New York Times, and the Nation.
Prior to joining the NYU Law faculty, Murray was the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the law school’s Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction, the Association of American Law School’s Derrick A. Bell Award, and from March 2016 to June 2017, served as interim dean.
Murray is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar and an Echols Scholar, and Yale Law School, where she was notes development editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, Murray clerked for Sonia Sotomayor, then a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Stefan Underhill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. She is a member of the American Law Institute and New York bar.
In 2019, Jenn joined the Be Social Change team officially after spending four years behind the scenes consulting.
Jenn now leads partnerships, identifying ways to support organizations in the social impact space by leveraging Be Social Change’s resources and community. Jenn’s experience in partnerships and sponsorships arises from working for nonprofits, raising nearly four million dollars in sponsorships and small gifts. Jenn also worked in communications at those NGOs, developing websites, giving presentations to global audiences, and managing mail and email communications.
Jenn has served as a youth delegate to the United Nations representing the Federation of Business and Professional Women. The experience of meeting incredible women entrepreneurs inspired her to start her own business, teaching meditation to groups around New York City, including Columbia University, Facebook, the NASDAQ, Journey Meditation, as well as consulting on wellness curricula.
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Jenn earned a Bachelors in Religious Studies and Politics from the New York University. When she is not meeting with potential partners or crafting communications strategies behind the scenes, Jenn is usually out for a run or trying to teach herself new languages (si! oui! na’am! haan!).
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