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Women Leading the Way in Egypt: Conversation & Interview Opp with 
Nawal El Saadawi, Gloria Steinem, & Robin Morgan

March 17, 2011

New York: From the hurdles already overcome to the challenges that remain, Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi has seen it all. She will join WMC Co-Founders Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem to discuss  the past, present and future of women’s leadership in Egypt.  El Saadawi witnessed, and participated in, the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak’s regime. As founder of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association in 1982, she has been working for decades to advance women’s active participation in social, economic, cultural, and political life. Now, at 80 years old, she sees great leadership potential for young people, and women in particular, as they work to transform their country from the ground up.

WHAT:                  Phone Press Conference Call on Women’s Leadership in Egypt.
WHO:                   Nawal El Saadawi, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem
WHEN:                 Today - Thursday , March 17, 2011 at 10:45 am Eastern Time
WHERE:               On your phone, call in to the conversation.

HOW:                    Call-in number: 866-210-0118 or 404-835-7000, and when prompted enter the code: 6418514#

LISTEN:               Recording of press conference available here


Women’s Media Center (WMC) was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem to positively impact the visibility of women in the media, amplify women's voices on key issues in the national dialogue, fight sexism and bias against women in the media, and increase professional opportunities for women across all forms of media. Through training, advocacy, and the development of original content, WMC is changing the conversation in the media so that media more accurately represents the perspectives, positions, and priorities of women.

Nawal El Saadawi is a leading Egyptian feminist, author and medical doctor, whose 1979 book, The Hidden Faces of Eve, explored such issues as female genital mutilation, Islamic fundamentalism, and oppressive marriage and divorce laws. In 1982 she founded the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association to promote women’s active participation in social, economic, cultural, and political life—the NGO was later banned by Hosni Mubarak. Now almost 80, she continues her activism, most recently in the anti-government demonstrations in Tahrir Square.

Robin Morgan is an award-winning writer, feminist leader, political analyst, journalist, and editor as well as a WMC Co-Founder and Board Member. She has published 20 books, including six of poetry, four of fiction, and the now-classic anthologies Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood is Global, and Sisterhood is Forever. Her work has been translated into 13 languages. A founder of contemporary US feminism, she has also become a leader in the international women's movement for 25 years.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist as well as WMC Co-Founder and Board Member. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. Magazine, and remained one of its editors for fifteen years.


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