GCC hosting Smith College professor for talk on democracy, women’s rights



Staff Report

Published: 03-11-2024 7:02 AM

GREENFIELD — In celebration of Women’s History Month, Greenfield Community College is welcoming Smith College Professor Carrie Baker for a discussion on the intersection of democracy and women’s rights.

The event, titled “Democracy and Women’s Rights: Abortion, Political Representation and the 2024 Elections,” will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in GCC’s Nahman-Watson Library Solarium.

Baker is a leading scholar in gender studies, law and public policy. Her research focuses on women’s legal history, gender and public policy, and feminist activism.

She has authored four books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in leading journals; is a contributing editor for Ms. magazine; writes a monthly column for the Daily Hampshire Gazette; and hosts a monthly radio program, Feminist Futures, on WHMP 101.5 FM.

Baker’s talk at GCC aims to shed light on the critical issues facing women’s rights and democracy in the United States. Although more than 60% of Americans support abortion access, many face challenges relating to the recent overturning of abortion rights and numerous state bans.

During her presentation, Baker will discuss how the erosion of women’s rights serves as a warning sign for the health of democracy, as well as the broader implications for political representation and participation.

“Having Professor Baker on campus, particularly in an election year, is an incredible opportunity for thought-provoking discussions,” GCC President Michelle Schutt said in a statement.

The free event will be co-sponsored by GCC’s Gender & Women’s Studies Committee, and the English and social sciences departments.

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For those who are unable to attend in person, a simultaneous livestream will be available at gccfor.me/women2024.