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International Women's Day

Lincoln School and International Women's Day

Lincoln School's celebration of International Women's Day began in 2005 through the initiative of two juniors-Eve Stutsman-Hubbell and Kathan Teepe. As a student-organized event, International Women's Day at Lincoln School showcases the school's mission to foster young women of exceptional leadership abilities as well as an educational philosophy that encourages students to take charge of their own learning. Each year in early March, Lincoln's Upper School devotes a full day to workshops and speakers whose work and interests center around a theme chosen by the students who make up the International Women's Day Committee. Please see below for specific information on past celebrations.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. In adopting its resolution, the General Assembly recognized the role of women in peace efforts and development and urged an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women's full and equal participation.

More information is available at the United Nations' website devoted to International Women's Day.


Get Radical: Start Your Radical Revolution

Drawing upon our Quaker heritage as advocates of social and political equality for women, the abolition of slavery, the complete tolerance of other religious views and pacifism, we explored what it means to get radical and stand up for the change we want to see. We learned that a radical revolution isn’t about a “one time” event. It’s a fundamental shift in the way we think, act and talk. As a community we were inspired and learn that sometimes the most radical thing you can do, is to just be yourself. We also chose a quote to help frame the day's discussion: “Never Doubt that a small group of committed Citizens can Change the World. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead.

As an extension of our International Women’s Day program we hosted a “Girl’s Night Out” with Sandra Dubose. The night included an interactive conversation about building healthy self-esteem. Ms. DuBose read from and signed her best-selling book, “My Crown and Glory, It’s Not About the Hair: Six Fundamental Principles to Heal Emotional Wounds and Build Healthy Self-Esteem.”  The “Girl’s Night Out” event was on Wednesday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m. This event was made possible thanks to the Joseph R. and Jeffrey R. Paolino Fund, which was established by the Paolino family to promote excellence in wonmen's leadership in honor of Joseph R. and his son Jeffery R. Paolino. 

We called upon radical women to lead workshops designed to ignite the fires of change, thus inspiring us to take action to facilitate change in our immediate/global surroundings.



The Power of One

How have you used and how can you use your voice to initiate change within your community and around the world? What happens when you find “the power of one” within? The quote, “The most common way people give up their power is thinking they don’t have any” by Alice Walker was also utilized.




What does it mean to have a voice? Who has a voice? Who doesn’t? How can you use your voice to help others find their own voices?

An introduction to International Women's Day by Erin Murphy '12 and Tess Van Schepen '12

Presenters and Workshops



What is Spirituality?
How does it help us discover ourselves and the world around us?

An introduction to International Women's Day by Rebekah Heath '12

An introduction to the theme of the day by Erin Murphy '12

Presenters and Workshops

Kim Ridley
Who Am I?

Maureen Morrow

Pregnancy and Childbirth: Women and Their Spiritual Journey

Cathleen O’Connor
The Radiant Life: Spirituality in Action

Jennifer Plante Ead
Rhode Island’s First Islamic Schoo

Margaret Benefiel (Keynote Speaker)
The Soul of Leadership

Eva Pirro Sasa
The Spiritual Connection between Your Body, Mind, and Soul

Susanna Beckwith
Defining the “Do-Gooder”: A Personal and Professional Journey to Nonprofit Management Justice, Gender and Poverty: Human Rights for Women and Children Around the World

Beth Herosy

Feng Shui 

Makkah Al
Being Peace

Navyn Salem
Hunger: A Women’s Issue


Transforming Dreams into Realities: Goals, Journeys, Achievements

International Women's Day Committee
Melia Lamb, Amy Esposito, Gigi DeBarros, Miriam Tinberg, Chae-Lin Suh, Megan Morrow, Chantelle Ward, Elizabeth Erickson, Emily Fitts, Sarah Sienkiewicz, Rachel Kaufman, Tess Van Schepen, Isabel Lamb, Izzy Nappa, Maggie McNamara, Gigi Tompkins, Erin Murphy.

Keynote Performer

Valerie Tutson graduated from Brown University with a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts and a degree in a self-designed major: Storytelling as a Communications Art.  Valerie has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries, festivals and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions.  Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, stories from African American history.

In addition, she is gaining quite a reputation for her exciting retelling of age-old Bible stories.  She not only delights listeners with her tale-telling, she also teaches workshops and classes to students of all ages, and hosts CULTURAL TAPESTRY, an award-winning show for COX 3 celebrating the diverse cultures around us. Valerie has most recently served as the co Director of the National Black Storytelling Festival in Providence, RI.

Workshop Leaders

Toby Tucker Peters '91, Former Editor, InStyle Magazine
Alayne White, Founder and Owner of Alayne White Spas
Anh Vu Sawyer, Author, Human Rights Activist
Jade Alves, Community Outreach Coordinator, Crossroads Rhode Island
Jean Mollicone, Teacher, Mountain Climber
Susan Hardy-Twadell, Artist
Kathleen Taylor, Founder, Healthy Family Initiative
Lisa Churchville, President & General Manager, NBC10 WJAR
Kristina Fox, Rhode Island Housing Collaborative
Meghan Trombley, Strong Women, Strong Girls
Valerie Tutson, Storyteller


Women in Activism

International Women's Day Committee
Abbey Canning, Ruth Bodell, Haley Nevers, Lauren Cournoyer, Tara Prasad, Kathryn Veale, Melia Lamb, Amy Esposito, Gianna Lombari, Gigi DeBarros, Miriam Tinberg, Chae-Lin Suh, Meg Morrow, Chantelle Ward, Elizabeth Erickson

Keynote Speakers
Loung Ung.
Loung Ung is a survivor of the killing fields of Cambodia, one of the bloodiest episodes of the twentieth century. She was five years old when the Khmer Rouge invaded Phnom Penh. Over the next three years, Loung lost half of her family, including both parents, and spent time in a camp for child soldiers. After the war was over, she and her older brother located to Vermont, where she grew to adulthood. Loung has shared her message of civic service and leadership at hundreds of events in the U.S. and abroad, including the Young Presidents' Organization, The Million Dollar Round Table Plenary, SONY, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, multiple UN conferences, and many other venues.

Amy Richards.
 Ms. Richards is a contributing editor at Ms. Magazine and a co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation, an activist group for young feminists. Ms. Richards has spoken at hundreds of universities, dozens of community forums and has appeared in a range of media venues, including The O'Reilly Factor, Oprah, New York One and CNN.

Workshop Leaders
Elizabeth Roberts, Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Eileen Hayes, President and CEO of Amos House in Providence, RI
Tina Frundt, expert on the issue of domestic human trafficking
Debby Drew, midwife, Peace Corps veteran
Lindsay Hyde, Founder and President of Strong Women Strong Girls, Boston MA
Alix Ogden, Director of Operations for the City of Providence
Kate Cota, HIPP (Help Increase the Peace Program) Coordinator at Pax Educare in Hartford, CT
Sheila Johnson, Supervisor, Outreach and Education Program at the Women's Center of Rhode Island
Hilary Jones, Ph.D., Research & Education Specialist at Day One, the Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center of Rhode Island
Scottie Wait, Director of Volunteer Programs, Pine Street Inn, Boston MA

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