Course Detail: IWPA - Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference

The Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference brings together women each year for a day of skills-building, connection and renewal. We work to inspire and support women working in public service to not only remain in public service careers but also to seek out leadership opportunities.

Join us via Zoom for our 2020 virtual conference! This year's theme for the Inspiring Women in Public Administration conference is "100 Years of Women's Empowerment and Counting." The ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920 was a hard-won struggle to gain voting rights for women, and yet, it left many promises unfulfilled. It took the next century to gain franchise rights for women of color and Native women, and it took until the 1980s before all women, including women in rural areas or women in poverty, achieved voting parity with men. Now we will look to the future as we continue organizing and working to achieve equality.

We are thrilled to announce our keynote event - an interview between journalist and author of Heartland, Sarah Smarsh, and NPR contributor and creator/producer of My Fellow Kansans podcast, Jim McLean! Sarah's new book, She Come by it Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women who Lived Her Songs, adds the voices of women in poverty and those who might reject the stereotype of "feminism" to the conversation about the work women have before them to advance political, economic, and financial equality.

After the keynote, we'll host a panel discussion about the history of the 19th amendment, the role racism played before and after its passage, the difference between the Equal Rights Amendment and the Suffrage movements, what enfranchisement looks like today, and the challenges that still remain for women in democracy.

? Moderated by Joan Wagnon, League of Women Voters of Kansas
? Historian and KU archivist of the African American Experience Collection at the Spencer Research Library Deborah Dandridge
? Associate Professor at the William Allen White KU School of Journalism, Dr. Terri Finneman

We hope you'll join us!

To view the full agenda for the day and other conference details, visit

Sponsors: please find sponsorship info, here: Please email Ruth DeWitt with any sponsorship questions. If your sponsorship level includes a seat for the conference, you will receive a discount code at the end of your sponsorship form to use on this registration site. Please register free seats in one order, and any additional attendees in a second order to ensure the discount code works correctly.

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