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Taking Action for Gender Equity

Taking Action for Gender Equity

Professor Jo Tyler

Professor Jo Tyler

Penn State University

Jo Tyler is an educator, storyteller, organizational consultant, and mosaic artist. She has over 20 years as a corporate insider in the Fortune 500, and a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University. Now, in her role as Associate Professor at Penn State University, her teaching is focused on adult learning and organizational change. She values action-oriented, participative research that can result in real change in the real world. As a consultant, she sees organizations through a lens of discourse that includes storytelling, visual art, and artifacts.

At the Gender Justice Conference 2017, Professor Tyler led us through two powerful exercises to integrate our personal stories of inequality with the larger themes of the conference. This culminated in a session in which we co-created a “found poem” which expressed our personal and collective intentions to go out into the world and take action to end gender inequality in our lives and in the world.

A Found Poem

From the Closing of the Gender Justice Conference 2017


Women Rock!

You are entitled to autonomy.


*It’s a full sentence.

Be conscious of your triggers.

Get involved.

Look for boards to join.

Legislative advocacy for women.

Run for office somewhere, sometime.

Tell girls: Be brave about school.

Pick your channel.


Take Action.

Reach outside of my network.

Reach out to HIPS.

Figure out my purpose.

Power of 3/More Frees Us.

Contribute: Keep telling stories.

Take action. Write. Share stories.

Use privilege to amplify voices.


Registration Open for Gender Justice Conference October 20

Registration Open for Gender Justice Conference October 20

Moving Beyond Resistance:

Creating an Action Plan for Gender Justice in the New Political Reality

Friday, October 20, 2017, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Networking Reception at 6:00

It has been 9 months since the inauguration. A new movement has been born, based largely on resistance. Resistance is powerful, and it has slowed down the progress of the Republican agenda. Yet resistance alone cannot take us where we want to go. For this movement to grow and flourish, we need a positive agenda, an action plan to move forward with progressive goals and ideas.

The purpose of this conference is to call together activists, policy makers, lawyers, and law students to envision the next stage of the new movement for global gender justice.

Featured Speakers

Conference themes and topics will include: *Intersectionality and representative leadership. Centering women of color, lesbian and transgender women, religious minorities, immigrants, women living in poverty, and women living with disabilities in the conversation. *GET (Gender Equity Talk) Lightning Rounds. Examine the most pressing challenges of the new Administration, including the assault on immigrants, Muslims, working women, health care, and the LGBTQ community. * GET Huddles. Join with our speakers and like-minded people to explore opportunities for progressive change through law, policy, and activism. *

Conference Agenda

Speed Networking. Learn about opportunities for activism and advocacy from local and national organizations. * Action Spotlights. Tools of progressive change, including story-telling and media strategies, political participation and running for office, and innovative legal services.

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Calling All Activists and Advocacy Groups

Do you have a policy agenda or action strategy to share? Are you looking for volunteers, signatures on your petition, or activists to get involved in your cause? Reserve your space at our Speed Networking hour, where you will have an opportunity to give a 3-minute elevator pitch and recruit people to your cause. Participation is free but you must register in advance.

Reserve Your Space Here

Support Menstrual Equity

As a part of your attendance, please consider bringing a donation of feminine hygiene products — in the form of unopened boxes of tampons, pads, and pantyliners for all ages and sizes — in support of BRAWS: Bringing Resources to Aid Women’s Shelters. BRAWS is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Vienna, VA that has donated thousands of feminine hygiene products and new bras and underwear to over 40 area shelters and approximately 4,000 women and  girls in the DC metro area since January 2015.