Women’s and Gender Studies Announces Keynote Speaker Aimee Allison

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WaGS) Program is pleased to announce its 2021 keynote speaker, in celebration of 50 Years of Women students on campus. On Tuesday, April 20 at 4:30 p.m., WaGS alumna Ali Mata ’07, the co-director of Women’s March Oakland, will be in conversation with Aimee Allison, the founder and president of She the People. This national network strives to elevate the voice and power of women of color. Allison brings together voters, organizers, and elected leaders in a movement grounded in love, justice, belonging, and democracy. 

“WaGS is excited to celebrate both Women’s History Month and 50 Years of Women on campus, and who can be better to do that than Aimee Allison? said Director of the WaGS Program Myrna Santiago. “Her organization, She the People, has been instrumental in encouraging women of color to participate in the political process and to run for office. Her success on that score has been nothing short of phenomenal.” 

“I see Saint Mary’s decision to open the door to undergraduate women as a spectacular success, too, worthy of celebration,” Santiago continued, “even if we can’t meet in person and raise our glasses. Our WaGS alumna Ali Mata, who will be in conversation with Ms. Allison, is an example of our success in educating women, so we are very happy she is coming back to join the party.”

In April 2019, Allison convened the first presidential forum for women of color, reaching a quarter of the American population. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Hill, Essence, Teen Vogue and Newsweek. In the early 1990s, Ms. Allison earned a rare honorable discharge from the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector and works today to support courageous, moral leadership. 

Click here to listen to a recording of the conversation.