Free Women Forum



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The 2015 Free Women Forum was co-sponsored by The Libertia Society, Students for Liberty, and The Institute for Humane Studies (with a generous grant from the Templeton Foundation), and took place on Saturday, April 18th in freedom-loving Austin, Texas.

FWF2015URNameHereThe Free Women Forum brought in speakers on a variety of topics including: women and incarceration, Ayn Rand and Feminism, the role of regulations in the lives of women, the two versions of anarchy proposed by Voltairine De Cleyre and Emma Goldman, women in art, and women entrepreneurs as advocates for a free society.

FWF2015AngelaKeaton6This day-long conference was developed for students, but learners of all ages were welcome to attend. The event includes speaker presentations as well as Socratic seminars on the works of great women thinkers. The capstone event was a dramatic reading of Sophocles’ play Antigone, the classic tale of injustice and defiance, with a discussion of the role of women in a free society following.

FWF15PANEL3We appreciate the wonderful participation in this unique event. Many came away with new ideas, new friends, and many additions to their “to read” list. Below you will find links to a number of additional resources and to the pictures from the event. To purchase some of the books mentioned at the event or listed below, you can visit the Libertia Society Amazon store where you will find links to these as well as other texts.

Suggestions from & inspired by sessions

FWF2015Antigone1Angela Keaton: Whose Body is it Anyways?
Daniel D’Amico: State Sanctioned FWF2015DanDAmico2Violence and the Social Effects of Incarceration
Jeremy Horpedahl: Economic FWF2015JeremyHorpedahl1Freedom – Even More Important for Women!
Mimi Gladstein: Freedom as a FWF2015MimiGladstein1Feminist Goal
Tracy Lawson: Liberty and FWF2015Lawson1Individualism in Dystopian Literature
Robert Anthony Peters: FWF2015RobertAPeters1Representations of Women in Art: A Force for Freedom
(While the book at the link does include other 2 other plays, it is a really lovely translation and the the other plays about Oedipus are deeply related to Antigone’s tale)
Seminar: Isabel Paterson’s “The Humanitarian with the Guillotine”
Seminar: Voltairine de Cleyre’s “In Defense of Emma Goldman and the Right of Expropriation”

For more pictures of the Free Women Forum click here!

About our sponsors:

The Libertia Society received generous support for this event.

rSoYyz9PThe Institute for Humane Studies

Founded in 1961 by F.A. “Baldy” Harper, the Institute for Humane Studies advances a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty.

The grant for this program was provided through the John Templeton Foundation.

Students For Liberty

Our mission is to provide a unified, student-driven forum of support for students and student organizations dedicated to liberty.


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