Women and the Spirit of the New Deal
October 5-6, 2018

A Conference at UC Berkeley


In collaboration with the Frances Perkins Center and the National New Deal Preservation Association we will be hosting “Women and the Spirit of the New Deal,” on Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club. The gathering will fill a significant gap in understanding about the New Deal—the crucial role of women in guiding its programs.

“Women and the Spirit of the New Deal” will feature a number of leading writers, scholars, and activists, including:

Professor Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and author of The Work of Nations; Saving Capitalism; and the documentary, Inequality

Kirstin Downey, co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize and biographer of Frances Perkins—the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet

Susan Quinn, author of two books about women of the New Deal: Eleanor and Hick, and Furious Improvisation, about the director of the Federal Theatre Project, Hallie Flanagan

Professor Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University historian and author of In Pursuit of Equity and Women Have Always Worked

Dyanna Taylor, documentary filmmaker of Grab a Hunk of Lightning, about her grandmother, Dorothea Lange

Angie Wei, political director for California Federation of Labor

Gayle McLaughlin, Green Party leader, former Mayor of Richmond, California, and recent candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California

We invite you to join us to learn about how women shaped the New Deal and to consider how the New Deal spirit can be revived to meet critical challenges today.

Attendance is on a donation basis, so that anyone interested may attend. We are making a special appeal to our supporters to help underwrite the conference. Cosponsors—individuals and organizations donating more than $250—will be listed in the conference program.

You can see the full schedule, register, and donate at this website: https://lndconference.eventbrite.com

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you there!


Tom Given
Linda Gregory
Alfred and Ruth Heller
Grace Roosevelt