Women as Agents of Change in an Interdependent World is part of “Agents of Change in an Interdependent World,” a series of programs, cosponsored by the Culture as Diplomacy Initiative of Asia Society and the John Brademas Center of New York University, which examines issues in “interdependency,” to describe our globalized and interconnected world. The circumstances we are living in today requires us to connect globally, to share and grapple with the pressing, emerging, threatening challenges that transcend borders. This program was presented in collaboration with OneShared.World .
Following the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution and the election of the first woman of color as Vice President in the nation’s history, this year’s program highlighted creative women who are at the vanguard of change agents in society.
The program was introduced by Rachel Cooper and Ruchira Gupta and featured a keynote discussion with Gloria Steinem and Julie Taymor, moderated by Dr. Vishakha Desai, discussing Steinem’s lifelong commitment to women’s rights as told through the biopic The Glorias, directed by Taymor. This conversation was followed by a panel discussion with Sayu Bhojwani, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, and Ruchira Gupta moderated by Olga Garay English reflecting new generation of women change agents and new approaches to this movement. The program ended with a spoken word performance.
Our presenters spoke to the inspiring ways in which culture, arts, and creativity are giving voice to a new generation of women’s activism. They are visionaries, working as individuals and with emerging groups to create new alliances for change. A common thread uniting them all is the conviction that creative thinking offers new ways of connecting, breaking down walls, and inspiring change. Through imagination, activism, and passion, these women have brought together new vision to create a more interdependent world in which we can work together to tackle some of our most pressing challenges.
By hearing the voices of women who are actually doing this work, we hope to inspire our audience with new models of change and promote new connections among an emerging interdependent community.