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Symposium 2015

Women & National Security

Please join us during our annual symposium as we celebrate three historical milestones in the campaign for gender equality that take place this year—the Beijing Women’s Conference and the Beijing 20+ Platform of Action, the 15th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and the burgeoning Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. As a contribution to the global voice that demands equal treatment of men and women around the world, we are bringing together scholars and practitioners that have distinguished themselves as unrelenting advocates for gender equality to participate in an open dialogue with the Penn community. The event will consist of three keynote addresses and three panels that will follow as detailed below. The event will take place at the law school in the Levy Conference Room (Silverman 245).


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Symposium Agenda


8:00 – 9:30 Check-in / Breakfast


9:30 – 10:00 Welcome

Nicholas Griffin, University of Pennsylvania Law School ’16


10:00 – 11:15 Panel: Women and Economic Security

Patricia Sulser, International Finance Corporation

Erin Walsh, Goldman Sachs

Jeni Klugman, Kennedy School of Government (Harvard)

Farahnaz Ispahani, Wilson Center

Moderated by June Shih, US State Department (Former)


11:15-12:30 Panel: Women, Peace & Security

Sital Kalantry, Cornell University Law School

Fatima Sbaity-Kassem, Wilson Center

Haleh Esfandiari, Wilson Center

Pablo Castillo-Diaz, UN Women

Moderated by Akiko Ito, United Nations (DESA)


12:30 – 12:45 Break / Lunch Set-up


12:45 – 2:15 Innovative Litigation for Women’s Rights: Lunch Keynote

Judge Nancy Gertner, Harvard Law School

Indira Jaising, Lawyers Initiative

Moderated by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, University of Pennsylvania Law School


2:15 – 3:30 Panel: Women & Decision Making

Jennifer Klein, Advisor to Hillary R. Clinton

Julien Pellaux, UN Women

Stephenie Foster, US State Department

Moderated by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, University of Pennsylvania Law School


4:00 Reception in the Great Hall

Please enter the Law School from the Sansom Street entrance.

The dress code for the event is business casual.


If you have questions, please contact:
Nicholas Griffin |



See Below for Resources Related to the Symposium (Provided by Biddle Library):

Readings and Resources


  1. I.     Topical Readings
    1. Women and Economic Security
      1. Alvarez, R. Michael and Edward J. McCaffery. “Are There Sex Differences in Fiscal Policy Preferences?” Political Research Quarterly 56.1 (March 2003): 5–17.
      2. Choudhury, Barnali. “Façade of Neutrality: Uncovering Gender Silences in International Trade.” William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 15 (2008): 113–159.
      3. Coleman, Isobel. “The Payoff from Women’s Rights.” Foreign Affairs 83.3 (2004): 80–95.
      4. Manji, Ambreena. “Eliminating Poverty? ‘Financial Inclusion,’ Access to Land, and Gender Equality in International Development.” Modern Law Review 73 (2010): 985–1003.
      5. Naples, Nancy A., and Manisha Desai, eds. Women’s Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics. London: Routledge, 2002.
      6. Peterson, V. Spike and Anne Sisson Runyan. Global Gender Issues. 3d ed. Boulder, CO: Westview, 2009.
      7. Rittich, Kerry. “Engendering Development/Marketing Equality.” Albany Law Review 16 (2003): 575–593.
      8. Rittich, Kerry. “Transformed Pursuits: The Quest for Equality in Globalized Markets.” Harvard Human Rights Journal 13 (2000): 231–261.
        1. Stewart, Anne. “Who Do We Care About? Reflections on Gender Justice in a Global Market.” Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 58 (2007): 337–358.
        2. Wright, Shelley. “Women and the Global Economic Order: A Feminist Perspective.” American University Journal of International Law and Policy 10 (1995): 861–887.
    2. Women, Peace & Security
      1. Eichenberg, Richard C. “Gender Differences in Public Attitudes toward the Use of Force by the United States 1990–2003.”International Security 28.1 (Summer 2003): 110–141.
      2. Enloe, Cynthia. Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link. Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.
      3. Goldstein, Joshua. War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
      4. Hudson, Valerie, and Andrea M. Den Boer. Bare Branches: The Security Implications of Asia’s Surplus Male Population. London: MIT Press, 2005.
      5. Koch, Michael T., and Sarah A. Fulton. “In the Defense of Women: Gender, Office Holding, and National Security Policy in Established Democracies.” Journal of Politics 73.1 (2011): 1–16.
      6. Ni Aolain, Fionnuala. “Women, Security, and the Patriarchy of Internationalized Transitional Justice.” Human Rights Quarterly 31.4 (2009): 1055–1085.
      7. Parpart, Jane, and Marysia Zalewski, eds. Rethinking the Man Question: Sex, Gender and Violence in International Relations. London: Zed Books, 2008.
      8. Shepherd, Laura, ed. Gender Matters in Global Politics: A Feminist Introduction to International Relations. London: Routledge, 2009.
      9. Steans, Jill. Gender and International Relations: Theory, Practice, Policy. 3d ed. Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2013.
      10. Tickner, J. Ann. Gendering World Politics: Issues and Approaches in the Post–Cold War Era. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001.
    3. Women & Decision Making
      1. Atkeson, Lonna Rae, and Nancy Carillo. “More is Better: The Influence of Collective Female Descriptive Representation on External Efficacy.” Politics and Gender 3.1 (March 2007): 79–101.
      2. Burns, Nancy, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Sidney Verba. The Private Roots of Public Action: Gender, Equality and Political Participation. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001.
        1. Hashmi, H. The impact of women leaders upon organizational performance. Business Review, 5(1) (2010), 51-78.
        2. Henderson, Sarah, and Alana Jeydal. Women and Politics in a Global World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
        3. Little, Thomas H., Dana Dunn, and Rebecca E. Deen. “A View from the Top: Gender Differences in Legislative Priorities among State Legislative Leaders.” Women and Politics 22.4 (2001): 29–50.
        4. Osborn, Tracy, and Jeanette Morehouse Mendez. “Speaking as Women: Women and Floor Speeches in the Senate.” Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 31.1 (2010): 1–21.
        5. Poggione, Sarah. “Exploring Gender Differences in State Legislators’ Policy Preferences.” Political Research Quarterly 57.2 (June 2004): 305–314.
        6. Schwindt-Bayer, Leslie A., and William Mishler. “An Integrated Model of Women’s Representation.” Journal of Politics 67.2 (May 2005): 407–428.
        7. Swers, Michele L. The Difference Women Make: The Policy Impact of Women in Congress. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
        8. Thomas, Sue. How Women Legislate. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
        9. Wängnerud, Lena. “Women in Parliaments: Descriptive and Substantive Representation.” Annual Review of Political Science 12.1 (June 2009): 51–69.
        10. Zaichkowsky, Judith Lynne. “Women in the Board Room: One can make a Difference.” International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics 9.1 (2014): 91-113.



  1. II.   Speaker Profiles
    1. Maya Gebeily, Talking to Fatima Sbaity Kassem, NOW News (Dec. 28, 2013, 2:00 PM),
    2. Owen Lubozynski, Law Professor Takes on International Misogyny in Keynote, Cornell Chronicle (March 24, 2015), (Sital Kalantry)
    3. Laura Secor, Haleh Esfandiari: Prisoner of Tehran, Sunday Book Review, New York Times (Nov. 20, 2009),
    4. Society Has to Change Its Behaviour…Not People with Disabilities, Trinidad & Tobago Guardian (July 26, 2015), (Akiko Ito)
    5. A Conversation with Judge Nancy Gertner, 35: 2 Human Rights Magazine, (Spring 2008),
    6. Apoorva Mandhani, Indira Jaising Challenges Method of Designating Senior Counsels by SC; Calls it Non-transparent and Arbitrary, LiveLaw.In (July 7, 2015),


III.Sources for Additional Information

  1. U.S. State Department Office of Global Women’s Issues:
  2. UN Women:
  3. Council of Europe: 
    1. Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe: