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Who Benefits Most From Feminism? Men, Say Conference Participants

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Michael Kimmel, Rosanna Arquette, Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg, Stony Brook Universiity president Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, and Pat Mitchell stand for a photo during the International Conference of Masculinities on March 5, 2015.

Nobody benefits more from feminism than men, argues Stony Brook sociologist Michael Kimmel, who organized an international conference last week to make his point in unforgettable fashion.

Hundreds of activists, practitioners and academic researchers from around the world gathered in New York City March 5 through 8, 2015, for the opening session of the International Conference on Masculinities: Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality, hosted by the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities (CSMM) at Stony Brook University.

The brainchild of CSMM director Kimmel,  the conference was timed to coincide with International Women’s Day and the meeting of the Commission of Women at the United Nations March 9 through March 20.

Conference guests included film actresses Jane Fonda and Rosanna Arquette, renowned feminist Gloria Steinem, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and television journalist Pat Mitchell.

Also appearing were Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, and, via video, playwright Eve Ensler.

Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD delivered opening remarks.

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