Barnard is proud to celebrate International Women's Day! The global holiday is designed to celebrate women’s extraordinary accomplishments and achievements, and inspire the next generation of women leaders while casting light on gender inequity that still exists. In honor of this special day, Barnard will host a symposium on Wednesday, March 12, African Women’s Rights and Resilience, to discuss the most urgent challenges confronting those involved African women’s social justice movements.

Below, Barnard invites you to enjoy videos and podcasts of recent campus conversations, lectures, events, and more featuring amazing women from around the globe.

Dare to Use the F-Word: Young Feminists Around the World

BCRW's Dare to Use the F-Word  podcast tells the stories of millennial feminist activists. These two episodes focus on young women in different areas of the globe. The first episode in the series includes interviews with youth mentor Mary Mwende from Kenya, peace activist Meena Sharma from Nepal, and women’s rights activist Nini Chanturia from Georgia. The second episode focuses on the story of Nilab Nusrat. Nilab is a 17-year-old Afghan woman who survived her father’s self-immolation; lived in an Afghan prison; was separated from her home and from her family; and is now working to improve the lives of women and children in Afghanistan.


Nepal, Kenya, Georgia 



Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices

The 2014 Scholar & Feminist Conference brought together scholars from across diverse disciplines and regions to explore how transnational feminisms help us to analyze and respond to recent global transformations, such as the Arab Spring, the occupy movements, and other widespread protests aimed at transforming existing systems of governance.



Barnard Global Symposium

Barnard’s Global Symposium series was launched in 2009 with four main goals: to provide a dynamic forum for discussion of women's issues in regions where such opportunities do not readily exist; to create a network of women leaders from around the world; to inspire young women about their own leadership potential; and to provide an opportunity for Barnard, as an American college, to learn from women in other parts of the world and bring their stirring stories back to our students. The sixth annual event will take place in Shanghai, China in March 2014.


2009 Global Symposium: China

2010 Global Symposium: United Arab Emirates

2011 Global Symposium: South Africa

2012 Global Symposium: India

2013 Global Symposium: Brazil


Barnard's International Artists Series: Zadie Smith

The Barnard International Artist Series brings writers, filmakers, dancers, dramatists, visual artists, architects, and composers from around the world to speak at Barnard about their work. On November 14, 2013, acclaimed British author Zadie Smith came to Barnard to discuss her work and read from her short story, The Embassy of Cambodia.



Leymah Gbowee Commencement Address 2013

Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, delivered the keynote address at Barnard College’s 121st Commencement on May 19, 2013, at Radio City Music Hall. Gbowee spoke before an audience of about 5,000, including Barnard’s 600 graduates along with faculty, trustees, family, and friends.



A Global Conversation: Why the UN Must Focus on Women's Leadership

On September 24, 2013, Barnard College and the Women in Public Service Project, in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson Center, hosted "A Global Conversation: Women Leaders Respond to the United Nations General Assembly." The event brought together women global leaders like keynote speaker Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo, with young women leaders from universities across the country.