A group of Notre Dame students is hosting a two-day, inter-collegiate conference in the spring of 2006 entitled: “The Edith Stein Project: Redefining Feminism.” Harvard Law professor Mary Anne Glendon writes in her introduction to Gloria Conde’s New Woman, “Before a woman can form society, she must know who she is and what she has to offer society. A new and better feminism offers just that, a greater understanding of the specific role and contribution of the woman, frame-worked by what promotes the true dignity and highest aspirations of every person: women and men.”
We have come up with the idea of the Edith Stein Project within the spirit of this new feminism. Click here to learn why we chose Edith Stein.
The purpose of the conference is two-fold. The conference will begin by discussing ways in which our dignity as women is under attack in our culture, featuring presentations on eating disorders, violence against women, contraception, abortion, and other issues. The second part of the conference will discuss how we can better live our vocation as women in the modern world.
The Edith Stein Project is scheduled for February 10-11, 2006. Many compelling speakers such as Laura Garcia, Pia de Solenni, and Alasdair MacIntyre, who will explore these various threats to women’s dignity as well as propose fresh perspectives on women and their role in society, have accepted our invitations to speak.
In Mulieris Dignitatem, Pope John Paul II warns, “many women, especially as a result of social and cultural conditioning, do not become fully aware of their dignity.” He also encourages all people to realize that “The personal resources of femininity are certainly no less than the resources of masculinity: they are merely different. Hence a woman, as well as a man, must understand her "fulfillment" as a person, her dignity and vocation, on the basis of these resources, according to the richness of the femininity which she received on the day of creation.” We hope that the Edith Stein Project will help provide attendees with a greater understanding of how the dignity and vocation of women can be fulfilled and lived out in the modern world.
The Edith Stein Project is a conference organized by a group of Notre Dame University undergraduates, with the purpose of providing a venue for addressing many of the issues that we feel are crucial in our world today regarding women and their vocation. They are hoping to form a student group called The Identity Project to further continue their work in the field of promoting the dignity of both men and women. The group receives support from both the Right to Life club and the Center for Ethics and Culture, although it is not directly under either of them.