Genuine Feminine 2020 Conference Theme:
WOMEN AND WORK
Genuine Feminine' s 10th Annual Conference
February 21 and 22
Ten years ago, Genuine Feminine launched on AMU’s campus with the question “Work: Is there a feminine way?” This question prompted Genuine Feminine’s first conference, which sought to answer questions about balancing work and motherhood, juggling ambition and childcare, the fear of wasted talent, and the pressures to find fulfillment outside the home. Ten years later, these questions are just as pressing today. In fact, recent advances in reproductive technology and the steady march towards a gender-neutral society have only made it harder for women to find their way.
This year, in celebration of the ten years of boldly engaging with questions like these, Genuine Feminine returns to its founding theme and asks again, “Work: Is there a Feminine Way?”
This question is further punctuated this year with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote and prompted philosophers like St. Edith Stein to examine the identity of women.
The modern world offers women countless opportunities to use their talents for causes from the noble to the mundane. The feminine genius can offer a unique take on situations, complementing and enhancing the male perspective. What women bring to the workforce is invaluable, yet their contribution is often upheld at the expense of the home and family. Many today see the role of the mother and homemaker as unimportant and unfulfilling, viewing marriage and motherhood as obstacles to true fulfillment in a career.
How can a woman balance her vocation as a mother with her desire to use her talents to meaningfully contribute to society? How can a woman be present in the workforce in a way that is genuinely feminine? How can women assert themselves without emasculating their male co-workers? Is a career essential to a woman’s happiness?