When a pro-life feminist group was removed as a sponsor of the Women’s March on Washington this past January, a national conversation began on whether an inclusive feminist movement can involve people with pro-life views.
A panel discussion on this theme will be hosted by the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America on Monday, April 10. “Why Can’t a Feminist Be Pro-Life?” will explore the question of the compatibility of pro-life and feminist views and delve deeper into the philosophical and cultural underpinnings of both movements.
Six women, each with a different perspective on the issue, will discuss why some people — pro-life and pro-choice alike — see a contradiction to the notion of their compatibility while others do not.
Angela Knobel, associate professor of philosophy who will serve as moderator of the discussion, said the idea for hosting the event came about after she learned that several of her students were planning to attend both the Women’s March and the March for Life, held last January in Washington, D.C.
“We want to help our students understand why some people think you can be feminist and pro-life and why some people think you cannot,” Knobel says. “This is a conversation that the University should be holding even among people who are united in their belief about the sanctity of life.”
Speakers at the event, which will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B, include:
The event is free and open to the public. After the panel, there will be a brief Q&A session and reception. Follow the conversation and submit questions to the panelists at #ProLifeFeminism and #HumanEcologyInst. The event will be recorded and posted on the institute’s website, ihe.cua.edu.
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