Women’s Involvement in the NAACP 1950s–70s

Email: naacp@ucbmun.org
Background Guide
Position Papers are due to naacp@ucbmun.org by 23:59 PDT February 20th, 2019
Please do not include the name of your college/university in any section of your submission.

Paige Downie

Welcome to UCBMUN XXIII! Up until the 1990s, women of color’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement in the United States of America was largely ignored and dismissed by historians. While modern times have shown an increased interest in recognizing all women’s contributions to various historical movements, the feminist movement still has quite a ways to go in terms of truly embracing and exemplifying intersectionality. I can’t wait to see how the Women’s Involvement in the NAACP 1950s-70s committee works to establish recognition, political power, and individual rights for all women. My name is Paige Downie, and I’m a sophomore double majoring in Rhetoric and Gender and Women’s Studies. California born and raised, but I’d love nothing more than to travel the world. In high school, my small town public school didn’t allow clubs, so I traveled to various MUN conferences as an “independent delegate”. While not having a school inspired me to make numerous friends from all over the circuit, having a team has made Berkeley a home, and traveling to conferences with my team has created unbreakable bonds with my fellow members. Outside of UCBMUN, I compete with the Cal Equestrian Team. I also work closely with government members of the City of Sacramento, developing and improving municipal codes regarding animals within the city limits. Through combining Rhetoric and GWS, I’ve seen how language (written, spoken, and recorded) shapes society and it’s systematic nature, creating experiences and opportunities that vary based off of each individual’s social characteristics. When I have a second to spare, I love to read (Maya Angelou and Hélèn Cixous are two particular favorites), ride horses, and debate almost anything. See you soon!

Paige Downie
Head Chair