ABOUT LOIS SHAPIRO CANTER, J.D.
Lois Shapiro Canter is the current President, Chief Executive Officer, and founder of the Saratoga Foundation for Women WorldWide, Inc., an international, women’s human rights organization. For over two decades she has been a leader in the fields of women’s human rights, reproductive health care rights, economic justice, environmental health and connection between chemicals and illness, food security/healthy foods, global ecology, climate change/global warming, genetically engineered food (genetically modified foods-gmos), micro credit finance and gender and multi-cultural equity education. Her experience as a senior legislative analyst, municipal advisor, assistant district attorney, educator, and statewide women’s human rights leader supports her well-documented and multi-faceted approach to the world of global reform. As founder and C.E.O. of the Saratoga Foundation for Women WorldWide, Inc., Lois Shapiro Canter, J.D. has addressed a great many global issues around the world. For example, she has spoken on environmental health initiatives in Tula, Russia, and on women’s human rights issues in Nairobi, Kenya.
Concurrently she is responsible for conducting the Saratoga Foundation’s general operation, including program development, fund raising, public relations, speaking engagements, public education, and advocacy events.
The Saratoga Foundation for Women WorldWide works in a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations. The foundation is also a partner with the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. Additionally Lois works with research fellows from ll over the world, including: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Srebrenica, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, United States, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
A 1985 graduate of Boston’s Northeastern University School of Law, with a 1976 B.A. from SUNY Albany, Lois has operated a flourishing law practice in the NYS Capital District area since 1987. Admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts, her practice concentrates on family and divorce law, criminal defense, formation of not-for-profits, appellate practice, personal injury and legislative lobbying before the New York State Legislature.
From 1985 to1989, Lois served as Assistant District Attorney in several local town courts and also as an Albany County ADA, prosecuting cases in the Sex Crimes Unit. From 1989 to1991 she served as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Cohoes, providing legal advice to city officials and representing the municipality in civil proceedings.
From 1989 to 1996, Lois served as Lobbyist for the largest women’s multi-issue organization in the State, National Organization for Women (NOW) – New York State. Then from 1996 to 2000 she was NOW-NYS President, immersed in all women’s issues including health care, domestic violence, environmental health, child care, divorce law, child support, civil rights, welfare reform, lesbian/gay issues, affirmative action, reproductive rights, pay equity, education, and discrimination.
Lois is a former adjunct Government Department professor of Skidmore College. Lois served as Legislative Analyst for the NYS Assembly Speaker’s Office from 1979 to 1982. In this position she researched and presented over seven hundred bills in each two-year legislative term. There, at the age of twenty-three, she drafted legislation that became law, even before she had attended law school. She was one of a two-person team that developed several landmark drunk-driving laws enacted between 1979 and 1982. In addition, she collaborated on a number of child safety seat and handicapped parking space laws.
A native of Rochester, NY, Lois now lives with her two daughters and husband in the Saratoga Springs, New York area. She has spent much of her career teaching others about important contemporary issues and mentoring university interns, fellows, and research assistants around the world. From her home in the woods she is in daily contact with progressive worldwide scholars who strive with Lois to make this earth a healthier and better place.
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Have Lois Shapiro Canter, J.D. headline your event with an employee-inspiring keynote speech at your annual convention, university graduation, legislative meeting, corporate consortium, or international forum. She will be delighted to discuss the specific issues of prime importance to your group. And please ask about special not-for-profit event rates. Also, please note that five percent of proceeds from all speaking venues are donated to the international women’s human rights nongovernmental organization
Saratoga Foundation for Women WorldWide, Inc. www.saratogafoundation.org.