Megan Mark, EFLI's Youth Ambassador Board Vice-Chair, shares her thoughts on the 2nd Annual Westchester Women's Summit:
On Saturday, March 28th, members from the local community gathered at Sarah Lawrence College to talk about issues facing women in Westchester and ways to take action to change them. EFLI's Youth Ambassador Board volunteered over the course of the day, helping the Westchester Women's Agenda (wwagenda.org) host the event.
The day began with a talk given by Westchester Women’s Agenda Chair (and EFLI Program Director), Antoinette Klatzky. County official Maryjane Shimsky then gave a keynote address and local high school student Naomi Cameron shared a poem (with a standing ovation!). Following this, there was also a Feminist Leaders panel with Beth Mount, Juanita O. Lewis and Rev. Sarah E. Henkel, during which they discussed sustainable food practices and the intersectionality of feminism with race and socio-economic class issues.
After the morning panel, the attendees broke out into smaller sessions that explored: Using Social Media, NextDoor.com, Circle Practices and Design Thinking. Within these break out groups, there were discussions about how to devise action plans within local communitites. It was exciting to have Jojo Thayer, EFLI's Youth Ambassador Board co-chair, facilitate the session on using social media!
The groups came together for lunch and a panel with Praise Mkandawire (a past EFLI participant) and Zelle Andrews about the difference between feminists through the ages. This panel sparked a lot of thought about the way feminism has changed over the decades. The large group divided once again into two smaller sessions discussing ideas that had arisen to benefit the larger Westchester community. The groups came back together for a final feedback and survey to close the day.
All in all, the day was very successful and provoked lots of thought about the issues women face in our local community and ways to take action. Having been a volunteer at the summit, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of women in my community that were part of really interesting organizations all around Westchester. I really enjoyed the panel discussion between Praise Makandawire and Zelle Andrews and, with the summit discussions in mind, I will continue to question the change in feminism over the decades.
EFLI thanks Megan for sharing her thoughts on the 2nd Annual Westchester Women's Summit. Check out the video below from the First Annual Westchester Women's Summit to hear Rev. Noelle Damico's keynote address!