Former Democratic National Convention Delegate Headlines Annual Women’s Studies Symposium

March 02 2016
Category: Events

Denise King will be the keynote speaker for the annual Elmira College Reinstein Symposium in Women’s and Gender Studies.  Her talk, “An Insider’s Perspective on the ‘Genderational Gap’ in Politics " will be at 4:00 p.m.Thursday, March 3, in the Peterson Chapel, Cowles Hall.  King will be discussing generational differences in attitudes toward female politicians in the current election cycle.  The event is free and open to the public. 

“Denise King’s work in politics is inspirational for women leaders everywhere. I have been lucky enough to get to know her and we are all beyond excited to get to work with her this week,” said Alli Woodward, political science major and president of the Women’s and Gender Studies Club at Elmira College.

This year’s Symposium includes a week of events around the theme of “Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women in Politics.”  Other events include a screening on campus of the film Suffragette, which tells the story of the British campaign in the early twentieth century for the right of women to vote.  The Symposium also will include a student research panel and a workshop on women in politics.  All week long, there will be a tampon drive in the Campus Center for donations of sanitary items for the Chemung County domestic violence safe house.  Students will also be conducting a petition drive to urge New York State legislators to end the tax on tampons and hygiene products.

Denise King has served as Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Rural Council and former Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee’s Executive Committee.  She was Chair of the New York State Democratic Rural Conference from 1999 to 2001 and Columbia County Democratic Chair for nine years.  She served as both a delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention and as an at-large member of the Democratic National Convention Platform Committee.  She was a delegate for Al Gore at the 2000 National Democratic Convention and a Super Delegate in 2004.  King was also a member of the Electoral College for New York in 1996 and in 2004.  For three years she worked to help create the Rural Council at the DNC and was asked by Howard Dean to lead the council.  She has served on the DNC’s Rules and By-laws Committee, determining the rules and schedule for the 2008 presidential selection process.  As the ranking vice-chair of the state Party, King was a member of the Association of State Democratic Chairs (ASDC). 

Active in New York politics for over thirty-five years, King has worked on countless local, statewide, and national campaigns. In 2008 she was a Co-Director of Ambassadors for Hillary, a group of New Yorkers who acted as surrogate speakers on behalf of the candidacy of then-Senator Clinton in her presidential bid.  In 2006, King served as Senior Political Advisor to the successful Gillibrand for Congress effort in NY’s 20th CD.   She Co-Chaired the State effort for Howard Dean’s presidential bid in 2003-04.   King is a former member of the Board of Directors and former Chair of the Campaign Committee of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy, an organization that has supported pro-choice Democratic women candidates in New York at the state and local level. 

Currently, King serves as President of the Southern Tier Library System Board of Trustees. She has been a member of the statewide board of Planned Parenthood Advocates of New York for four years and currently serves on the board of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Action. King is on the Advisory Board of the Democratic Women of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes and is Parliamentarian of the New York State Chapter of the National Federation of Democratic Women.