First ‘Stand for Women’ Conference set for April 2 at Pullman Hotel

FromPress Release

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Women’s Studies Program will host the first “Stand for Women” Conference Saturday, April 2, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in downtown Huntington.

Dr. Wendy R. Williams, director of the Women’s Studies Program and conference organizer, said the event was conceived to be a regional academic conference dedicated to crossing boundaries between disciplines and exploring a wide range of women’s issues.

With the theme “Stand up. Stand out. Stand With. Stand for Women,” the works presented at the conference are an exploration of the role that activism plays in women’s lives. As such, the presentations examine both the historical roots of women’s activism as well as present day activists. They examine the global context of women’s lives, and they examine the personal and political consequences of policies that affect women.

“This is going to be a wonderful conference filled with exciting panels, presentations and discussions,” Williams said. “Through a variety of mediums (art, literature, social inquiry, etc.), the presentations will examine women’s action, and we hope it will inspire people to take action of their own.”

Leslee Browning, who is the graduate assistant for the Women’s Studies Program, added, “It is a great opportunity for students to present their work, as well as to network with other people interested in women’s issues and activism.”

Seventy people representing six states (West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana) and one international country (Australia) have registered for the conference.

The opening session will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the conference will end at 7:30 p.m.  At lunch, author Marie Manilla will give the plenary talk and read from her highly acclaimed new novel “Still Life with Plums.” The conference also will feature a keynote speech by Zohreh Sullivan, who will be discussing her book, “Exiled Memories: Stories of the Iranian Diaspora.”

Space still is available for those wanting to attend the conference, and individuals wishing to register for the event can contact Williams via email at More information on the conference can be found on the Women’s Studies homepage,

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