Held on Saturday, April 21st 1990 the Conference on Women focused, much as it’s title suggested, on various issues regarding women in locally, nationally and abroad. The conference was co-sponsored by USC Coastal Carolina College Graduate and Continuing Education in unison with South Carolina Women in Higher Education.
A pre-conference was held the day prior at Coastal Carolina’s Graduate and Continuing Education center with a reception that included presentations titled “Flying in Formation: Dual-Career Relationships” and “Living Alone, not Lonely Living.”
A welcome in the conference agenda by Sally Z. Hare the Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education at USC Coastal Carolina College and President of South Carolina Women in Higher Education read as follows:
The political climate of women in our nation and in our communities continues to be somewhat “chilly”. The politics of women’s experience covers a wide range, and spills over into the home, workplace, church, interpersonal relationships, childcare, economics, education, environment, health care, and civil rights. Now more than ever, there is a need for us to come together, form networks and learn to understand as well as break barriers of race, ethnic, economic and cultural differences. We are the key to our personal and professional development. This annual conference provides the opportunity for us to support each other, offers new role models that differ from old hierarchies, and allows us to form within ourselves, our communities, and our nation a voice unified by the politics of women’s experience.
Notable presentations included:
Women’s Bodies: Aging and Activity
Steele Wilson, Certified dance and aerobics instructor, Myrtle Beach & Litchfield
Getting in and Out of the Data Maze: Conquest of the Computer
Martha L. Davis, Computer programmer and educator, Myrtle Beach & Conway
Women’s Experience With Glassroots Organizing
Gilda Cobb Hunter, Executive Director, Tri-County CASA, Orangeburg, SC
Perhaps the most noteworthy part of this conference was the keynote delivered by Patricia Scott Schroeder, who was at the time a Democratic congresswoman from Colorado and had actively worked in developing the Economic Equity Act. In the description of her accomplishments, Schroeder is noted as working with family issues, funding AIDS research and publishing a 1989 book entitled Champion of the Great American Family.
Registration for the entire conference was $75 dollars, although the agenda notes that provisions would be provided for those with economic immobility.