Welcome to thinkBIG: Feb 1-3 2008, Stanford University

The thinkBIG conference has ended.
Thank you to everyone who made it such a great success!

Photo by Stephanie Beck

The thinkBIG conference aims to inspire students to action by critically looking at the health situation of women and girls in poorer countries. Our vision is a campus-wide weekend event in which students with diverse interests throughout the Stanford community focus on the issues surrounding international women's health and human rights through speeches, film, student group performances, information panels, opportunity fairs and more. The ultimate goal is to mobilize our generation- from the diplomat to the doctor to the 'check-writer of tomorrow'- to step up to the challenges of the future and work to improve the situation of women throughout the developing world.

Quotes that inspire us

"Sixty years have passed since the founders of the United Nations inscribed, on the first page of our Charter, the equal rights of men and women. Since then, study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, or to reduce infant and maternal mortality. No other policy is as sure to improve nutrition and promote health-including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. No other policy is as powerful in increasing the chances of education for the next generation. And I would also venture that no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended. But whatever the very real benefits of investing in women, the most important fact remains: Women themselves have the right to live in dignity, in freedom from want and from fear."  - United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

"To fulfill our potential for innovation and leadership, we must set a bold agenda, one that embraces the excitement of a grand vision in which disease-based discovery translates into improved health care. To achieve that goal we should aspire to a community in which scientists, physician-scientists and scholars, and certainly students are focused on this task as its highest priority."   - Professor Paul Berg



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