Info: Join Carol Jenkins and Lucy Beard as they discuss the Equal Rights Amendment and their work to end the legal distinctions between men and women in matters of divorce, property and employment. Carol Jenkins is President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment. Lucy Beard is Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute, spending decades promoting women’s role in shaping our society. This conversation will be a call to action and give you ways to get involved and advance the equality of all.
Carol Jenkins Bio
Carol Jenkins is President and CEO of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment. A board member since its inception in 2014, she joined the leadership team in December of 2018.
Previously, Carol Jenkins was founding president of The Women’s Media Center, a national nonprofit organization created to increase coverage and participation of women in media. As president, she conceived the Progressive Women’s Voices program to provide media training for women and girls, and she expanded SheSource, the largest portfolio of women experts in the country.
As former chair and current board member of Amref Health Africa USA, an arm of the largest health NGO in Africa, Ms. Jenkins is engaged in efforts to support health programs for African women and girls. She also serves on the boards of several feminist leadership organizations as well as groups supporting the arts, excellence in journalism, and international animal rights.
Carol Jenkins earned a B.A. from Boston University and an M.A. from New York University. Both universities honored her as a Distinguished Alumna. She holds honorary doctorates from the College of New Rochelle and Marymount Manhattan College. She was a 2017 recipient of the Sackler First Award, given to women who are pioneers in their fields.
As a pioneering African American television reporter, Jenkins was an anchor and correspondent for WNBC TV in New York for nearly 25 years. She hosted Carol Jenkins Live, her own daily talk show, on WNYW-TV. Early in her career she co-hosted one of the first daily public affairs programs in New York City, Straight Talk on WOR-TV; and co-hosted Positively Black for WNBC TV, one of the earliest television programs dedicated to Black issues in the United States.
Ms. Jenkins is also an author, the three-time NY Emmy-nominated host of Black America, on CUNY TV, the executive producer, writer and documentary correspondent of an award-winning film, a podcast host, and co-anchor of CUNY TV’s live election night coverage.
Lucy Beard Bio
Lucienne Beard has been active with the Alice Paul Institute (alicepaul.org / equalrightsamendment.org) since 1994, first as a volunteer and board member and later as a member of the non-profit’s first professional staff. She established the interpretive story for Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s home and a National Historic Landmark in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and created the Alice Paul Leadership Programs for girls. Today those programs serve k-12 students, using the example of successful women leaders from the past and present to teach and inspire today’s young women to pursue leadership into the future. Lucy has dedicated the past 27 years to raising awareness of Alice Paul’s life and work for gender equality and to advocating for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. She has lectured on Alice Paul and her place in women’s history across the country.
Beard co-chaired New Jersey’s statewide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020. She serves on the national steering committee of the Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and as treasurer on the board of directors of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites, where she is helping to establish the National Votes for Women Trail. Beard formerly served as an officer on the board of directors of Girl Scouts of South Jersey Pines and of the New Century Trust. She earned a B.S. in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an M.A. in American History from Rutgers University. Beard lives in Mt. Laurel, NJ with her husband and the world’s friendliest cat.