The Aspen Forum on Women and Girls hosts a series of curated roundtable discussions, public forums, and other convenings that bring together a diverse group of thought leaders to tackle the most urgent issues women and girls face today. These conversations take place at Aspen Ideas Festival, the Aspen Institute headquarters in Washington, DC, and beyond.
At the sixth annual lecture on November 7, 2018 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City, the Aspen Global Innovators Group honored Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Laureate and former President of the Republic of Liberia. At the lecture, 200 Aspen Institute board members, trustees, partners, and others gathered as President Sirleaf shared her vision to move from incremental to transformative change in Africa.
Anne Mosle and Peggy Clark led a rich conversation on how to harness the energy of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to unite women and men across generations, geographies, and backgrounds to build a just and equitable world where women and girls have equal opportunity to succeed and lead. Key discussion areas included economic impact of sexual harassment and policy solutions for the 21st century.
At the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival, Anne Mosle and Peggy Clark hosted a lunch session at the Paepcke Library on what's ahead for women and girls. The intimate lunch discussion in Aspen, CO dove into what is next for the women's movement in 2017 and beyond.
On December 6, 2016, Ascend fellow C. Nicole Mason participated in a conversation with Jonathan Capehart, member of the Washington Post Editorial Board and MSNBC contributor at the Aspen Institute to discuss her new book Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey From Nothing to Something in America.
The Aspen Forum on Women and Girls facilitated the Aspen Institute's role as a lead partner for the 2016 United State of Women conference, co-hosted with the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Laverne Cox, and other leaders discussed topics ranging from entrepreneurship to equal pay to violence against women.
The first conversation of the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls took place on International Women's Day in March 2016 and brought together leaders including Melissa Harris Perry, Alicia Garza, Pat Mitchell, Reema Nanavaty, Vivian Nixon, Rachel Kyte, and Teresa Younger, to share their strategies for economic justice in the U.S. and around the world.
High-level representatives celebrated the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and reaffirmed resolve for sexual and reproductive health and rights as drivers of poverty eradication, food security, gender equality, climate change response, and economic empowerment, among other development priorities
Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental human rights. They also drive progress towards a broad range of sustainable development goals, including poverty eradication, food security, gender equality, climate change mitigation, economic empowerment, among so many others.
On May 19th, 2014, Anne Mosle, Vice President, The Aspen Institute and Executive Director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, welcomed 40 practitioners, researchers, parents, and public and private sector leaders to the “Women and Working Families: An Ascend at the Aspen Institute Roundtable.”