Welcome to the Engaging Global Challenges Conference


Greetings from Agnes Scott College where our unique SUMMIT program inspires students to think deeply, live honorably, and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. We are so excited to be together in this digital space, honoring our foremothers and re-committing to the work that remains for women’s access to voting and elected office worldwide.

One line in the 1920-21 Agnes Scott yearbook, the Silhouette, acknowledges what we think of now as a world-opening moment. "October 6. Agnes attends her first suffrage meeting.”

Now, 100 years later, we welcome the Agnes Scott community and friends of the college to another suffrage meeting and an event celebrating women’s access to electoral power! This series is appropriately named Engaging Global Challenges and this year, we honor the theme of Gender, Voting and Representation. This week’s events are made possible through the generous support of the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund supporting arts and humanities at Agnes Scott.

In choosing this theme of Women, Voting and Representation, we remember the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote. We also celebrate that this is the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which finally extended and protected that right for citizens of color. 

While women’s access to the polls has come a long way, we recognize that we must remain vigilant. We encourage you, if you are in the United States, to check your voter status at www.vote.org. Request an absentee ballot or make your plan to vote early and vote safely.

We wish we could be together for this program. There is nothing like the energy of Scotties and the extended Agnes Scott community gathered in a room. You really feel the possibilities and the dreams of changing the world! We hope you will still feel that power of the community—and we know you will feel the energy from our speakers—safely at your screen.

As you are inspired by this series and the other events this week, we ask that you use the hashtag #EGC2020 so that we can share in your experience!


With best wishes,

Leocadia I. Zak