The Harvard Gazette has written a piece on our International Women’s Day exhibit at Harvard Law School (which runs until March 13). The piece features Maria Parra-Orlandoni, our co-Vice President of Communications, who nominated Dana H. Born, a lecturer at the Kennedy School and retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, for the exhibit. The article also quotes LIDS co-President Becky Wolozin, one of the exhibit’s extraordinary organizers, on what inspired her to put together this initiative. (Click on this post’s headline to see a link to the article.)
March 7, 2014 – Sarah Weiner
One morning, while getting ready for work—at a leisurely, “island” pace that law school no longer affords—Vai Leka showed up on my doorstep wanting to go with me. My two-year-old neighbor was going through a stage of stealing her father’s shoes, and the photo I snapped of her, pencils in tow, ready for work, is one of my favorites from the two years I spent in Tonga as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Having researched women’s rights in developing countries during college, I arrived in Tonga keenly aware of its gender inequalities. However, as I settled in to my village, I of course realized that I knew little about the way men and women actually interacted in day-to-day life in the small archipelago. Women actively participated in town meetings, ran stores, and trekked into the capital for their coveted government jobs. Furthermore, my conversations with them revealed that the women in my village wanted the same thing as the men: a way to support their families and opportunities for their children to do the same.
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LIDS to Celebrate International Women’s Day with Exhibit Featuring Inspirational Women Lawyers from Around the World
March 3, 2014 – Raj Banerjee
This March, Harvard Law School will celebrate International Women’s Day by featuring a series of portraits of inspirational women lawyers and policy makers from around the world. For two weeks beginning March 3, the law school’s Wasserstein Hall will host over sixty portraits of academics, judges, activists, public servants, corporate lawyers and businesswomen, all nominated by members of the law school community.
The portrait series, entitled Inspiring Change, Inspiring Us, grew out of a conversation between members of the Harvard Law &International Development Society (LIDS) and the Harvard Women’s Law Association (WLA) this past winter. Both organizations wanted to commemorate International Women’s Day—celebrated for decades on March 8 of each year—and were looking for ways to collaborate on campus. The idea for a portrait exhibition soon reached Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, who offered her unconditional support. In the weeks since then, the portrait series has brought the entire law school community together: dozens of students and faculty members nominated women to be featured in the exhibition; seventeen student organizations have agreed to sponsor portraits; and staff members from the law school’s Dean of Students Office, Communications Office, Facilities Maintenance Operations, Copy Center, and the Harvard Law School Library have invested their time and … Read More »