Women Making Democracy
March 29th-30th, 2012
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
This article was jointly drafted by John Corbett, Mathilde Montpetit, and Sarah Moon.
The “Women Making Democracy” conference held by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on March 29th and 30th attempted to examine the role of women in the Arab Spring from a variety of angles. Its panelists drew from a refreshingly diverse variety of fields; though the majority of speakers were academics, a Gallup pollster, a UN official, and the playwright Ibrahim El-Husseini—whose play “Comedia Al-Ahzaan” (Comedy of Sorrows) attempted to offer an aesthetic nuance to an otherwise conventional discussion—also took part.