Gender Equity in Pittsburgh:
Making Intersectional Change Happen

Saturday morning, November 4, 2017

A half-day symposium using a good old-fashioned teach-in format for scholars, students, community leaders, movement organizers, policy makers, and the community. Presented by Chatham University Women’s Institute, featuring the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium and the leaders of local community organizations and social movements. Free and open to the public with registration. Participants in the highly interactive sessions will consider:

  • What does gender equity look like in your corner of Pittsburgh?
  • What issues are you working on in your organization, movement, or neighborhood?
  • How does change happen and what needs to change?
  • How do we work together to set an intersectional agenda to advance gender equity in the city and beyond?


Calling all scholars and community leaders! Use your expertise to facilitate a breakout session:

  • Sessions will use a “teach in” model – highly participatory, conversation-based, or workshop style (rather than a formal academic presentation or panel).
  • Led collaboratively by a scholar and a community organization leader. Simply let us know the topic you are interested in addressing and we will match you with someone to lead a session, or tell us the person/organization you wish to collaborate with if you already know.
  • We will share outcomes, ideas, and recommendations from the sessions with Pittsburgh’s new Gender Equity Commission now forming through the Mayor’s Office.


Breakout sessions can address a wide range of intersectional gender equity issues in Pittsburgh and beyond. Please consider topics on which you could help lead a discussion related to gender and your research, your discipline, or your field of work. These are examples of session topics (you can use these, change them, add new ones, whatever you want):

  • Gender and #BlackLivesMatter
  • Fight for $15 and the Feminization of Poverty
  • Gender and Disability Issues in Pittsburgh
  • Current Realities in Women’s Healthcare
  • Women’s Political (Mis)Representation
  • Gendered Aspects of Immigration and Sanctuary Cities
  • Girls, Rape Culture, and Violence
  • Education Rights for Girls in Schools
  • Women Owned Businesses
  • Environmental Justice, Sustainability, and Gender
  • Centering Trans, Queer, Femme Women of Color in Allegheny County
  • Gentrification, Housing, and Women Headed Households
  • Media Representations of Women and Girls
  • Gender and Policy: Paid Family Leave, Paid Sick Days
  • Masculinit(ies) and Childcare

Please email Jessie Ramey ( to facilitate a session. Thank you!

[Photo credit: Erin Kramer, OnePennsylvania.]