By Adelle Brodbeck
Two Louisville teens, Olivia Millar and Marissa Booker, have taken on the responsibility of reviving the Southern Girls’ Convention, an event that hasn’t been hosted since 2008.
After Booker, 18, learned of SGC from duPont Manual teacher Liz Palmer — who organized it in 2000 — she said it was “a no-brainer” to bring the convention back.
“Feminism is moving in a new direction, and all women should feel empowered and prepared for the new conversations that are taking place,” Booker explained in a press release.
The convention runs Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28, at the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Portland. The weekend’s festivities range from speakers debating the role of men in feminist movements and discussing sexual health and wellness, to musical workshops and DIY ‘zine making.
“This convention will help young women network with each other and learn more about the amazing things going on in our community,” added Millar, 17. “It will spark not only a conversation, but also inspiration in young girls like Marissa and me.”
In keeping with the S of SGC, many of the discussion topics will relate to living in a somewhat Southern state.
Attica Scott will discuss what it means to be a female leader in the South. She served on the Louisville Metro Council for three years, and has worked as a coordinator for Kentucky Jobs with Justice, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Building Hope Kentucky and New Directions Housing Corporation, among others. Scott’s presentation is meant to be an honest conversation about the struggles and opportunities that come with being a woman in a leadership position.
Lydia Mason, Miss Kentucky National Teenager 2015, serves as the president of duPont Manual’s Girl Up chapter and works as an advocate for gender and racial equality. Mason will be speaking about finding one’s purpose as a feminist, and also will host a workshop designed to show ways in which everyone can become a better ally to women worldwide.
For more information about the Southern Girls’ Convention, and for a full schedule of the speakers and workshops, visit thelouisvilleyouth.com. Tickets to the convention can be reserved through the event’s Facebook page.