Our Iniatives | Feminist Caucus
Sessions at Conferences.
In recent years, Feminist Caucus breakout sessions at AHA annual conventions have varied in focus – “Women’s Rights as Human Rights” in 2008; “Humanism, Feminism and Women in Politics” in 2009; “From Nursery Tales to Contemporary Tech Influences on Kids and their Keepers” and “Varying Views on Porn and Prostitution” in 2010; “Health and Sexuality in Our 50s and Beyond” in 2011.
At the AHA annual conferences, the caucus chairs have often called informal or formal meetings to be entertained and engaged by talented members, discuss the issues of the time, exchange ideas about the caucus itself, and formulate plans for FC initiative taking within the AHA and beyond.
In 2010, a preplanned lunch meeting was held that attracted over 40 women and quite a number of men, who brainstormed about a wide variety of foci of interest to attendees. A number of these were built into programming for the April 2011AHA conference in Boston.
In 2011, a smaller, spontaneous midday meeting was held – with a special focus on tapping into the women's issues, and gender relations interests of young adults. An example of a pressing need identified was for childcare during meetings and conferences to make it feasible for parents to participate. The group expressed the desire to utilize social media more to enable exchange among FC members and to expand FC's reach, and this is being implemented.