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Smith College Year on Democracies

In 2021–22, Smith College will host an ambitious set of programs and events under the organizing theme “Year on Democracies.” This collegewide initiative is an opportunity to examine democracies around the world, through every aspect of the college’s educational offerings: the curriculum, exhibitions, performances, lectures, special events and the work of its centers and institutes. Everyone in the Smith community is invited to participate and collaborate. Students, staff, faculty and alumnae are encouraged to share their ideas, so that the Year on Democracies is at once an intellectual pursuit and an opportunity for inspiration, progress and impact.



Democracy and the Equal Rights Amendment: A Conversation with Gloria Steinem

Friday, September 16, from 4:30-6 p.m.
John M. Greene Hall

What is the relationship of equality and democracy? Would recognition of the ERA strengthen U.S. democracy? What would the ERA mean for the lives of women and gender minorities? Would it help to secure reproductive rights post-Roe? Join us for a conversation about these questions and the ongoing fight for the ERA with Gloria Steinem ’56; Carol Jenkins, president emerita of the ERA Coalition; and Mona Sinha ’88, board chair of the ERA Fund for Women’s Equality. Moderated by Becca Damante ’17, legislative assistant, U.S. Congress. Sponsored by SWG, the Kahn Institute, the President’s Innovation Challenge Grant and ERA Coalition. This event is open to only Smith students, staff and faculty and is part of Smith’s observance of Constitution Day.


Continuing the Year on Democracies theme, the Kahn Institute is doing a second series of conversations on Democratizing Health.

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Year on Democracies