2017 Women's Convention


2017 Women’s Convention

Women, femmes and allies from across the country will be at Cobo Center for the national Women’s Convention from Friday, October 27th to Sunday, October 29th.

For 3 days women (and men) from across the country will in Detroit to talk, listen and plan for the future. There will be nearly a hundred panel discussions and workshops on topics ranging from coalition building to immigration and fundraising. Here are some highlights from the schedule, including local voices that will be part of the conversation.


Welcome @ 9:30 -10:45 a.m.
Meet with women from across the country before breaking off into the first of the day’s 4 workshops and lectures..


Intersectionality Plenary: Dismantling All Forms of Oppression as One Movement @ 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Women hold multiple identities and experience multiple forms of oppression at the same time. In order to build a world in which all women are truly free and safe, we must address not only the individual oppressions women experience, but the way oppressive systems intersect and reinforce each other. This plenary discussion will feature women from a wide range of backgrounds, coming together to explore what is truly required to fight for collective liberation.

Sojourner Truth Luncheon @ 12:00 -1:15 p.m. 
“Ain’t I A Woman?” Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth spoke these words at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851.  The luncheon will honor Women’s Convention headliner Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Social Justice Concert @ 8:30 – 11:00 p.m.


Non-Denominational Ecumenical Service @ 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

State Caucuses @ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremony: Where Do We Go From Here?  @ 12:45 -1:45 p.m. 
Following a performance from Detroit Women’s Chorus and Wayne State University Women’s Chorale, this panel discussion, the final program of the Women’s Convention, will set the stage for the work ahead. Panelists will offer closing takeaways, mapping out prospective strategies and committing to keep going, no matter what.

Local speakers:

  • Debbie Stabenow (U.S. Senator): Evening keynote address Friday, October 27th from 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Debbie Dingell (U.S. Congresswoman) 
  • Brenda Lawrence (U.S. Congresswoman)
  • Stephanie Chang (State Representative): Asian American Women in Politics breakout session, Friday, October 27th 12:30 -2:00 p.m. +
  • Raquel Castaneda Lopez (Detroit City Council)
  • Rashida Tlaib (Activitst ): Lobbying and Grassroots Advocacy breakout session, Friday, October 27th 3:45 -5:00 p.m.
  • Monica Lewis Patrick (Activitst )
  • Lillanna Angel Reyes (Activitst )
  • Seydi Sarr (Activitst ): crImmigration: Fighting the Prison and Detention Industrial Complex, Friday, October 29th 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. & Immigrants Welcome Panel, Saturday, October 28th 10:30 -11:45 a.m.
  • Gretchen Whitmer (Candidate for Governor): Planned Parenthood Organizing the Repro Way Workshop, Saturday, October 28th 3:00 -4:15 p.m.

Click here for a complete list of sessions and workshops at the Women’s Convention

The Women’s Convention is the beginning of a political groundswell, showing that the rise of the woman IS the rise of the nation.

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