January 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Roe v Wade ruling, just a year after this landmark legislation was overturned by the Supreme Court. In recognition of this historic event, and in response to the damaging repercussions of the recent Dobbs decision, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation is convening the panel discussion, “Where Are We Now: 50 Years After Roe.“
Presented by ArchiteXX and hosted by New York’s Center for Architecture on Monday, January 23rd at 6:00 p.m., the event opens a conversation on how the watershed ruling had far-reaching effects on women across the country and in all walks of life — and the significant harm created by its undoing. Asking, “Where do we stand 50 years later?” the esteemed panel includes Syracuse University’s noted expert Lori Brown FAIA and Cynthia Phifer Kracauer AIA, executive director of Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), a group dedicated to advancing women in architecture and allied professions.
Elevating the focus on the destructive repercussions implied in the overturning of Roe overturning, Kracauer, the host and moderator of the talk, will be joined by panelists including Lori Brown, FAIA, professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture and author of the acclaimed book Contested Space: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals (Routledge, 2013). Brown brings unique expertise in architecture and women’s rights, and she famously worked with the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is at the heart of the Supreme Court case. She has spoken and written on the barriers to building and operating women’s health clinics across the United States, and she cofounded the advocacy nonprofit ArchiteXX.