“Women’s Rights are Human Rights:” Launching a Georgetown Exhibition

Wednesday, October 13
5:30PM-6:30PM EDT

Murray Room, Lauinger Library
3700 O Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20057

“If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights, once and for all.” – Then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1995.

GIWPS launched a new exhibition at the Georgetown University Library that explores how the United States prepared for and participated in the historic United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, hosted in Beijing in 1995.

The exhibition draws on memos, posters, brochures, souvenirs, letters, and photographs from the archives of Ambassador Melanne Verveer—the first Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues and Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton—and considers how the ripple effects generated by the Beijing Conference significantly impacted American foreign policy.


Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Ms. Lissa Muscatine
Former speechwriter to First Lady Hilary Clinton and primary author of her historic 1995 Beijing speech
Ms. Theresa Loar
Former diplomat and Director of the State Department’s global conference secretariat
Dr. Keith Gorman
Director of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections


GIWPS wishes to thank Rebecca Turkington, Melanne Verveer, and LuLen Walker for their shared vision and collaboration in the development, design, content creation, and installation of the exhibition in Lauinger Library.

This is part of an event series marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing conference, which will culminate in an awards ceremony on December 6, 2021, featuring Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary Madeleine Albright, who led the US delegation to Beijing.

Co-sponsored by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the Georgetown University Library, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

A decorative image displaying the co-sponsors of the event is included for branding purposes.