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

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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 University of California, Berkeley 315 Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room. 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. Please click here to view the program, presenters, and conference schedule.

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

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

Robin Gerber, author of Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way

Dr. Eileen Boris, Professor of Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara, co-author of Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State

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!


Gray Brechin
Robert Chlebowski
David W. Gates, Jr.
Tom Given
Linda Gregory
Alfred and Ruth Heller
June Hopkins
Grace Roosevelt
David Rumsey
David and Julie Schnapf


Wondering how to get tickets?

Tickets are going fast! To view the program schedule, donate, and register, please go here. Your donation makes this gathering possible and enables others to attend on a sliding scale basis.

Space at the conference is limited to 150.
The award ceremony for Dr. Robert Reich at the Women’s Faculty Club, Friday, Oct 5, 630-8pm is limited to 125.

Wondering how to co-sponsor?

We are grateful to those individuals and organizations that help support the conference by donating more than $250. Co-sponsors are invited to attend the 2-day conference; Friday evening reception with Professor Robert Reich; and will be recognized in our publicity and listed in the conference program.

On a budget?

A limited number of tickets are available on a sliding scale for presentations on Friday between 9am-4pm and Saturday from 9am-noon. The Friday evening award presentation to Robert Reich is open to the public on a donation basis.

Wondering how you can volunteer?

We will need help with set up, registration, receptions, and assisting guests. If you can volunteer, please contact: [email protected]

Wondering where to stay?

We have reserved a limited number of rooms for out-of-towners at the Berkeley Faculty Club and the Women’s Faculty ClubWhen calling to arrange your accommodations, please refer to the Living New Deal/Women and the New Deal conference to receive the special room rate. Please inquire about parking.

Wondering where to park?

For information regarding parking please click here.

Wondering about accessibility? All of our venues are accessible. We will do our best to also provide accessible transport to our Saturday tour and reception. Please check here regarding disabled parking.