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Attend a #StateofWomen Civic Dinner
From the workplace, to the boardroom, to the living room, women are challenging stereotypes and gender roles. Yet here we are in 2017, and misogyny and bigotry dominate national headlines, and critical programs that support women and children’s health are on the chopping block.
Starting on January 21st with the Women’s March on Washington, thousands of women and men will come together for dinner to share personal stories, discuss values central to women’s rights and create a shared set of demands for a new social contract. Join us at the table to imagine the future #StateofWomen.
What can we, the people sitting around this table, do to create a better state of women—in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces and in our boardrooms? How are we showing up for each other? These are questions we will try to answer at the end of the dinner this evening, just as thousands of Americans across the country are getting together with their neighbors to do the same during the 100 days between January 21st and April 30th.
WHAT IS A CIVIC DINNER?
It's 6-10 diverse guests coming together over dinner, three big questions, and equal time to share with one voice at a time. This isn't about having experts at the table, nor is it about debating who is right or wrong. It's about listening and hearing other personal stories and perspectives, finding common ground and shared values, and creating solutions. For this conversation on the #stateofwomen we'll share personal stories, discuss values central to women’s rights, and create a shared vision for a new social contract.
And afterwards, your ideas will be gathered as part of a larger report from hundreds of dinners across the nation. For more, download this one page overview here.
- This conversation is different than a typical conversation in a few ways. We start by introducing ourselves, then take turns answering three questions.
- Each person will have equal time to share their thoughts, going around one at a time.
- Please be respectful of your speaking time so that we hear from everyone. This framework is designed to prevent debate from dominating the conversation.
- This is an opportunity to speak your truth. Everyone has a story and we hope to hear diverse experiences and ideas, so listen with an open mind and take this opportunity to be vulnerable. This is a brave space to share.
- Give people the benefit of the doubt. If someone says something that offends you, please first ask for clarification, and politely correct the guest and explain why it was offensive and an alternative way of talking about it.
- Enjoy yourself and others! This is about getting to know yourself and others better through meaningful conversation.