On Sunday, August 26, The Hyde will be hosting two speakers in celebration of Women’s Equality Day! Join Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco, President of The College of Saint Rose, and Roberta Reardon, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner, as they lead important discussions about gender and advocacy.
Honoring Women at The Hyde
The upcoming Hyde lectures are a part of a Women’s Equality Day celebration organized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The nonprofit organization advocates, educates, and conducts research towards the advancement of equity for women and girls. “It is an honor to have Commissioner Reardon and President Stefanco speak on women’s issues as part of AAUW’s Women’s Equality Day celebration,” said Nan Scinta, co-president of the Adirondack chapter of the AAUW. “Their achievements are inspiring and a great example of the progress women have made.”
The presentations at The Hyde are open to the public and free with Museum admission. They will complement The Hyde’s summer exhibitions, Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad, chronicling the artist’s career and travels, and Changing the Landscape: Women Impressionists from the Thomas Clark Collection, which showcases the largely forgotten works of female painters.
“We are thrilled to be part of the AAUW’s celebration of women,” said interim director of The Hyde Collection Anne Saile in a statement. “With the Museum offering exhibitions examining the careers of trailblazing women artists, the timing could not be better to have two knowledgeable, prominent, respected female community leaders featured as guest speakers.”
About Carolyn J. Stefanco
As the president of The College of Saint Rose, Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco is also a trustee of the American University in Bulgaria, a board member of the International Leadership Association, and is on the Student Aid Policy Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She earned a Ph.D. in history at Duke University, a Master of Arts in women’s history at Binghamton University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in history and women’s studies certificate at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Part of the first generation of scholars to complete formal education in Women’s Studies and Women’s History, she went on to direct Women’s Studies Programs and teach Women’s History at colleges and research universities both nationally and internationally. In 2018, she was awarded a Helen Gurley Brown Genius Grant for her ongoing work in women’s advancement.
“I am so pleased to join Roberta Reardon, Anne Saile, and the AAUW in championing women and advancing the cause of equity,” Stefanco said in a statement. “On Women’s Equality Day, we recognize the enormous efforts of the women who came before us, and the changes that are still needed to ensure that all women are able to pursue their goals without experiencing discrimination. With the #MeToo movement, it is clear that much work still needs to be done, and that we must continue to advocate for change.”
About Roberta Reardon
In 2017, Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon co-chaired a study into “the causes, scope, and economic impact of the gender pay gap in New York state.” She also worked with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to issue policy recommendations that would help to close the gap.
In 2015, Reardon was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to oversee the Department of Labor. She has also served as president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), was the founding co-president of SAG-AFTRA (a 165,000-member union for the entertainment industry), and consulted for the AFL-CIO as Special Liaison for Common Sense Economics. She graduated from the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School’s New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming.
Reardon has been honored with the Jewish Labor Committee’s 2009 Human Rights Award, the New York City Central Labor Council’s 2012 Award for Service to the Labor Movement, and was a 2017 recipient of the Cornell ILR School, Union Leadership Institute’s Change Maker Award. “There is no better place to be than standing shoulder to shoulder with a group of strong and fierce women changing the world,” Reardon said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be a part of this event.”
The celebration of Women’s Equality Day starts at 10 AM with a rally and parade in downtown Glens Falls. The convention will then move to brunch at The Queensbury, where New York state AAUW President Janice Brown will speak. The Chapman Historical Museum will also offer Women Who Envisioned Women’s Equality Day, a free program with re-enactments, music, and displays.
The Hyde lectures will begin at 1 PM. To reserve your spot, contact Kayla at 518-792-1761, ext. 310.