AAPI Women On the Move!
Hello and welcome to our ZotFunder page! This campaign will support a UCI program led by the chair of Asian American Studies, Professor Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, and her research team to participate in the "National Women's Conference: Taking 1977 into the 21st Century" Conference in November 2017. We are seeking $1,800 to cover the travel expenses of the students for this inaugural trip and ask for your help.
This funding will help our student research team to travel and present at the historic 40th anniversary commemorative conference of the National Women’s Conference. In 1977, over 20,000 people from the 50 states, 6 territories, and numerous international countries assembled to create a national agenda for women’s issues. Funded by the federal government, the NWC was inspired by the 1975 United Nations World Conference on International Women’s Year, held in Mexico City.
Some of the attendees included three former first ladies: Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, and Lady Bird Johnson. Other luminaries included: Coretta Scott King, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King, and Patsy Takemoto Mink, a third generation Japanese American and the first woman of color U.S. Congressional Representative.
The conference began with a torch relay from Seneca Falls, New York, the site of the first women's rights convention in 1848.
The NWC also inspired Asian American and Pacific Islander women to organize the first state-wide conferences in California, Hawaii, and New York, culminating in the first nation-wide AAPI Women’s Conference in Washington, D.C. in 1980.
We will be presenting to scholars, students, and community activists as they explore the contemporary significance of historic women’s activism. Please help us travel to Houston to share our research! Your generous gifts will be distributed equally between all student participants. Thank you!