“The Time Is Now” for SMU’s 43rd Women’s Symposium

Eleanor CliftAs U.S. citizens contemplate the possibility of electing their first woman president in 2008, SMU’s 43rd Women’s Symposium will explore the new status of women as leaders on campus and in society with its Feb. 28 event, “The Time Is Now.”

“The time is now to talk about all the ways in which women are advancing, in every arena,” says Women’s Symposium Coordinator Karen Click.

Eleanor Clift (right), contributing editor for Newsweek and co-author of Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling, will deliver the Emmie V. Baine Lecture during lunch, which begins at 12:25 p.m. A 3 p.m. interest session, “Madam President: An SMU Model,” brings together the University’s past and present women student body leaders to discuss their experiences.

With Senator Hillary Clinton continuing a historic run for the White House, Symposium planners brought a heightened sense of the political climate to this year’s event, Click says. “We were well aware of this turning point when we put together this year’s event – in fact, that’s how we came up with our theme,” she says. “The unprecedented success of her campaign gives us a platform to speak broadly about women who are shattering glass ceilings everywhere.”

Created in 1966 as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Women’s Symposium is the longest continuously running program of its kind in the nation. It features nationally recognized speakers as well as seminars on topics of national interest and workshops conducted by students, community leaders, and SMU faculty and staff.

Symposium registration is free for SMU faculty, staff and students; the deadline is Feb. 22. Register online at the Women’s Symposium website.