2017 SMU Women's Symposium
SMU's annual Women's Symposium will feature a keynote address by Wendy Davis, former Texas state senator and 2014 candidate for Texas governor.
An attorney and long-time public servant, Davis served on the Fort Worth City Council from 1999 to 2008. She represented District 10 in the Texas Senate from 2009 to 2015, but made her mark, nationally, with an impassioned, 11-hour filibuster in June 2013 that delayed passage of a bill restricting abortion regulations in Texas. She ran for governor on the Democratic ticket in 2014, losing to Republican Greg Abbott.
The theme of the student-planned 2017 symposium, “My Body, Not Their Politics,” will focus on the politics surrounding issues such as sexual violence, reproductive justice, and women and politics. Featuring a community resource fair, book signing and community awards reception and dinner, the symposium also features the Profiles in Leadership Awards.