Events & Programs
A Celebration of the
Women’s Equity Action League (WEAL)
and Elizabeth “Betty” Boyer ’37
Save the Date
Special, fundraising events are planned on
Monday, September 24, 2012 & Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University’s Women’s Center will celebrate the accomplishments of the Women’s Equity Action League (WEAL) and the impact of WEAL founder Elizabeth “Betty” Boyer, a 1937 BGSU alumna. Boyer’s BGSU affiliation closely connected the University to Title IX, the landmark legislation that WEAL helped pass which decreed educational institutions receiving federal funding may not discriminate on the basis of gender.
Cocktail party, gala event and brunch to feature special guest Gloria Steinem, legendary feminist scholar, activist and author.
|Panel Discussion: WEAL’S Legacy: The History and Future of Title IX|
September 24, 2012, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
The first part of a two-day celebration of events, the panel will discuss Title IX, the landmark legislation that WEAL helped pass which decreed education institutions receiving federal funding may not discriminate on the basis of gender. All panel discussions will be followed by time allotted for questions and answers. Please see below for a more detailed description of speakers and topics covered. Gloria Steinem will not be part of this two-part panel discussion that will held in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
|Sponsors Cocktail Party With Special Guest Gloria Steinem |
September 24, 2012 at 5 pm
|Enjoy appetizers while mingling with our honored guest, Gloria Steinem. Due to time and space constraints, event will be limited to the first 20 attendees. This small cocktail party will be held in 317 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. |
|Gala Event Featuring Keynote Address by Gloria Steinem |
September 24, 2012 at 6 pm
Lenhart Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompson Student Union
|Join BGSU’s Women’s Center in this gala event featuring keynote address by Gloria Steinem in celebrating the accomplishments of the WEAL and the impact of WEAL founder Elizabeth “Betty” Boyer, a 1937 BGSU alumna. Gala will be held in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompson Student Union. |
|Brunch with Special Guest Gloria Steinem|
September 25, 2012, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
University House, 700 South Wintergarden Road, Bowling Green, Ohio
|The last portion of the two-day celebration of events, the brunch will feature honored guest Gloria Steinem. Hosted by BGSU President Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey, the event will be limited to the first 50 registrants and will be held at the University House, 700 South Wintergarden Road, Bowling Green, Ohio.|
|*Proceeds benefit the Elizabeth M. Boyer Fund for Student Mothers|
Questions regarding the registration process?
The Women’s Equity Action League, a national membership organization founded in 1968 by BGSU alumna Elizabeth “Betty” Boyer ’37, was a conservative spinoff of the National Organization for Women. WEAL, which made significant contributions to the challenge against gender-based inequity, has been a leader in working for equal educational and extracurricular opportunities for women in schools, equal job opportunities and training for women in the workforce, child support laws and their enforcement, and the passage of the still un-ratified Equal Rights Amendment.
Among WEAL's stated purposes were to promote greater economic progress on the part of American women; to press for full enforcement of existing anti-discriminatory laws on behalf of women; to investigate instances of, and seek solutions to, economic, educational, tax, and employment problems affecting women; to urge that girls be prepared to enter more advanced career fields; to seek reappraisal of federal, state and local laws and practices limiting women's employment opportunities; to combat by all lawful means, job discriminations against women in the pay, promotional or advancement policies of governmental or private employers; to seek the cooperation and coordination of all American women, individually or as organizations to attain these objectives.
The group, which has ceased operations in 2012, established the Elizabeth Boyer Award, a national achievement award for women who supported issues of importance to women.
About Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem, who was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, is a writer, lecturer, editor, and activist who has been involved in feminist and other social justice movements for over 40 years. She travels globally as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. Ms. Steinem graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College in 1956, and then spent two years in India on a Chester Bowles Fellowship, where she wrote for Indian publications and was influenced by Gandhian activism.
In 1968, Ms. Steinem helped to found New York magazine, where she was a political columnist and features writer. She also was published in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, numerous women's magazines and publications in other countries. In 1972, she co-founded Ms. magazine, remained one of its editors for 15 years and continues to serve as a consulting editor.
Her books include the bestsellers Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, Moving Beyond Words, and Marilyn: Norma Jean, on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Her writing also appears in many anthologies and textbooks, and she was an editor of The Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History.
Ms. Steinem helped to found the Women's Action Alliance and the National Women's Political Caucus. She also co-founded the Women's Media Center and Voters for Choice, and is co-founder and board member of Choice USA. Ms. Steinem was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and also a founder of its “Take Our Daughters to Work Day,” the first national day devoted to girls that has become a worldwide institution.
Ms. Steinem has received numerous journalism awards, national magazine awards, an Emmy Citation for excellence in television writing and most recently, the University of Missouri School of Journalism Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism.
Among the honors for her work as an activist are the first Doctorate of Human Justice by Simmons College, the Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the National Gay Rights Advocates Award, the Liberty Award of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Ceres Medal from the United Nations. Parenting magazine selected her for its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 for her work in promoting girls' self-esteem, and Biography magazine listed her as one of the 25 most influential women in America.
In 1993, Ms. Steinem was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. She has been the subject of two biographical television documentaries, and a biography, The Education of a Woman by Carolyn Heilbrun.
Ms. Steinem lives in New York City and is working on her next book: Road to the Heart: America as if Everyone Mattered, in which she will reflect on her 30+ years on the road as a feminist organizer. In addition, she is working with the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College on a project to document the grassroots origins of the U.S. women's movement.
About Elizabeth "Betty" Boyer
Dr. Elizabeth “Betty” Boyer ’37, an attorney, feminist and writer, was the founding president of the Women’s Equity Action League, a national women’s rights organization that worked as an ally to the National Organization for Women. Boyer once described WEAL “as a quiet, low-key feminist organization comprised of highly educated, career women in professional jobs.”
Known for her work lobbying for the Equal Rights Amendment vote in Washington, D.C., Boyer often appeared before U.S. Senate and House committees to protest discrimination against women. She served on a White House Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, and she worked on the Hoover Commission for Economy and Efficiency in Government.
Boyer, a native of Fremont, graduated from Bowling Green State University with an education degree. She received a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall School of Law and master's of law degree from the former Western Reserve School of Law. She had a private law and probate practice for many years in the Cleveland area. She also taught business law at Cuyahoga Community College for many years.
She was one of the first women inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, for her accomplishments as a lawyer, author, French linguist, teacher and champion of women's rights. In 1986, Boyer received the Margaret A. Ireland Award from the Women's City Club of Cleveland for her leadership.
About the Elizabeth M. Boyer Fund for Student Mothers
Fund raised from the celebration event will help endow a special fund named after Elizabeth Boyer. The Elizabeth M. Boyer Fund for Student Mothers provides financial assistance to BGSU undergraduate female students who have primary custodial responsibility for one or more children.