The conversation will focus on women’s incarceration, its effect on their families and communities, and explore possible alternatives to imprisonment
Deborah Jiang-Stein, author of the memoir Prison Baby, will be joined by women’s rights icon Gloria Steinem for a conversation about the complex issue of mass incarceration of women at the Brooklyn Museum on September 23.
The event is part of “States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color,” a series of talks presented by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, and raises questions about criminal justice in America, and how incarceration affects individuals, families and communities throughout the nation.
During their conversation, Jiang-Stein and Steinem will specifically focus on the issue of mass incarceration of women, often correlated to mental illness and substance abuse within prisons nationwide; they will discuss the collateral damage caused when mothers are incarcerated and further explore possible alternatives to incarceration.
Deborah Jiang-Stein, author of Women Behind Bars and the memoir Prison Baby, is a national speaker and consultant, and founder of The unPrison Project, a nonprofit organization committed to empower and inspire incarcerated women and girls with life skills and mentoring. As she reveals in her memoir, Jiang-Stein experienced the effects of incarceration first hand. Being born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother, she spent the first year of her life incarcerated.
Gloria Steinem is a highly-regarded writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer, who has dedicated her work to issues such as gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.
The event is free with museum admission and for members of the Brooklyn Museum.
Prison Baby: Deborah Jiang-Stein and Gloria Steinem
When: September 23, 2017, 2:00pm–4:00 pm
Where: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238