On Thursday, December 7, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, the largest female conference in the country, convened for the 11th year, bringing together 12,000 women from across the Commonwealth and its prominence was on display. Headliners included industry moguls and cultural icons from activist and actress Viola Davis to feminist legend Gloria Steinem, and Boston media producer and journalist Karen Holmes Ward. The day was filled with breakout sessions, networking events, and empowering keynote addresses, all of which were informed by this volcanic moment in our nation’s history and our mutual awakening around gender, politics, and power. Lunchtime keynote speaker and fashion pioneer Diane Von Furstenberg left attendees inspired and hopeful as she reflected on the gender dynamics that taught her resilience and strength throughout the course of her fifty year career.

Here are some words of wisdom and empowerment she left us with:

  1. If you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.
  2. Feminism is fashionable…again.
  3. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.

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