Kim Gandy is the fall 2012 Five College Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence. Currently vice president and general counsel of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Kim Gandy was president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 2001 to 2009. During her presidency, she led NOW’s campaigns on issues ranging from Supreme Court nominations to the rights of women and caregivers, and from Social Security reform to ending the war in Iraq. Gandy was a lead organizer of the March for Women’s Lives in 2004, created NOW’s Campus Action Network, fought to expand equal marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples, and worked to improve the portrayal of women and girls in advertising and the media. In the legislative arena, Gandy helped draft two groundbreaking federal laws: the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which gave women the right to a jury trial in sex discrimination and harassment cases, and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. In her home state of Louisiana, Gandy was co-founder of a domestic violence shelter program, wrote legislation on family violence and child support, and led the statewide lobbying coalition of women's organizations.
During her residency at the Five Colleges from October 21 through November 3, 2012, Gandy will participate in a range of events, including a discussion on the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women at Smith College’s Global Studies Center, a lecture on women in American politics at Amherst College, a feminist activism workshop at Smith College’s Center for Community Collaboration, to register click here, and a symposium on making connections between violence against women and reproductive justice at Smith College on Saturday, October 27 with Smith alumnae who have pursued careers in these areas. Gandy will also participate on two panel discussions, one on the Hyde Amendment (which bans Medicaid funding for abortion) at Hampshire College and another on the 40th anniversary of Title IX (which prohibits sex discrimination in education) at Smith College.