If you are in the Bay Area, there are two upcoming conferences that are wonderful for us feminist moms, especially those that like learning about technology. I plan to attend both. It's so exciting to have two local, wonderfully planned conferences!
The first is the National Women's Studies Association's annual conference. The conference runs from Friday thru Sunday, June 16-18th. What I am most excited about is the panel planned for the early afternoon on June 16th. Andrea O'Reilly, a pioneer in the field of academic research on motherhood/mothering, is planned to speak. Andrea is a professor at York University in Toronto. She founded the Centre for Research on Mothering, and has a new book out this month, entitled "Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering." Gwendolyn Mink, Professor of women’s studies at Smith College, is also scheduled to speak. This should be a fantastic panel and I'm sure there will be a wonderful discussion afterwards.
In July, the second annual Blogher conference will be held in San Jose. This conference runs from July 28-29th and will feature two very different days of panels. From the Blogher site:
Day One's Conference Schedule: Day One is a day of hands-on instruction on a variety of topics, most technically-focused.
Day Two's Conference Schedule: Day Two focuses on community, conversation and the culture of blogging. Day Two also includes our Room of Your Own sessions. Room of Your Own sessions are sessions that were created, staffed and proposed by BlogHer Conference attendees.
Personally, I am most excited about the second day. The internet offers so many opportunities to network with other women in the goal of social change and I look forward to learning what I can do better with my blog and other social online networks.