Women's Activism NYC

Pam Elam

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Pam made her first public speech in support of Women's Rights in 1964 when she was 13 years old and has been organizing for women ever since, first in her home state of Kentucky and then in New York. She has organized and managed countless programs, conferences, hearings, and projects over the years including the first ever Presidential candidates debate on Women's Issues in NYC in 1988 and over one hundred public hearings on Women's Issues for the New York City Council from 1980-1989. In addition, Pam led the effort to get the New York City Council to approve legislation in 2004 naming "Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Corner" near the site where Anthony and Stanton wrote their newspaper The Revolution; co-organized the "Freedom on Our Terms Conference" in NYC in 2007 to honor the 30th Anniversary of the National Women's Conference (to which she was a Delegate from Kentucky in 1977); and created "Women's Rights, Historic Sites: A Manhattan Map Of Milestones" in 2008, to cite a few examples. Presently, Pam volunteers as President of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund Inc. (www.monumentalwomen.org) to break the bronze ceiling to create the first statue of real women in the 160 year history New York City's Central Park. She is also Vice President of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. In addition to a Master's Degree in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College, Pam has a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and a B.A. Degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. Pam Elam worked in various capacities for New York City government and its elected officials from 1980 to 2008. Her positions included: Legislative Aide to the New York City Council; Assistant NYC Comptroller and Director of Community Relations; Associate Commissioner of the NYC Department of Employment; Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Human Resources Administration; Coordinator at the Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; Chief of Staff to a NYS Senator; and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Manhattan Borough President. Pam retired from government service in 2008 and is now a consultant working pro bono for non-profit women's organizations.

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