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Save the Date: The 2018 MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture

Thursday, August 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hannah Zuercher

Save the Date: 2018 MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture
Monday, November 5, 2018

Minnesota Women Lawyers (MWL) is pleased to announce the 2018 MWL Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture to be held on the evening of Monday, November 5th, 2018 at the Marriott City Center in downtown Minneapolis. The Wahl Lecture will also feature a silent auction to benefit the MWL Foundation and its efforts to support MWL's charitable activities. The general reception and Silent Auction will begin at 5pm. Dinner will begin at 6pm, and the program will begin at approximately 6:30pm. 

2018 Wahl Lecture registration is available here.

MWL is honored to welcome Elaine Weiss as our 2018 Wahl Lecture keynote speaker. Elaine is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her most recent book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote details the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history; the fight to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Woman’s Hour is also set to be adapted into a television series, produced by Steven Spielberg and Hillary Clinton.

Given the 2018 Wahl Lecture will be held the evening before the 2018 mid-term elections, Elaine’s timely remarks will prove particularly relevant as Americans across the nation prepare to vote the following day.

Elaine’s Wahl Lecture presentation is titled: The Women Who Dared. From Elaine: "The 19th Amendment placed women’s right to vote into the U.S. Constitution—but that simple legal acknowledgement that American women were entitled to full citizenship did not occur naturally: it required three generations of activist women, fighting in more than 900 campaigns, over more than seven decades. Women were not “given” the vote—they fought for it—using all the legal—and even illegal—means at their disposal; they faced mobs, condemnation, arrest, and imprisonment. The suffragists’ legal and publicity strategies would become a model for civil rights campaigns to come; they have valuable lessons to teach us now, as we struggle to protect voting rights for all."

More About Elaine Weiss 
Elaine Weiss is an award-winning journalist and writer. Her magazine feature writing has been recognized with prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists, and her by-line has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, New York Times, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as reports and documentaries for National Public Radio and Voice of America. She has been a frequent correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Her long-form writing garnered a Pushcart Prize “Editor’s Choice” award, and she is a proud MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her first book, Fruits of Victory: The Woman’s Land Army in the Great War was excerpted in Smithsonian Magazine online and featured on C-Span and public radio stations nationwide. Elaine holds a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. She has worked as a Washington correspondent, congressional aide and speechwriter, magazine editor, and university journalism instructor.

A shareable flier for the 2018 Wahl Lecture is available here.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Information about sponsorship opportunities are available here. Please contact MWL Membership and Communications Coordinator Hannah Zuercher for more information.


The Rosalie Wahl Leadership Lecture was established on the occasion of Justice Wahl’s retirement from the Minnesota Supreme Court. The goal of the lecture is to honor Justice Wahl, by recognizing women leaders who have broken ground, while pointing the way for women who will follow. The series feature women whose decisions and abilities inspire the leaders of tomorrow, just as Justice Wahl inspired so many of us.


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