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WREI UPDATE— Issue 10

 

April 18, 2002

IN THIS ISSUE
The American Woman Has Left the Building
Jean Stapleton Wows Them in New York
Center for Women in Uniform
Hire-A-Vet project Update
Navigational Guide to HHS Funding
WREI Fellows -- Class of 2002
Women and Sports
East Wing -- A Memoir by Mary Finch Hoyt
Women of Mystery

 

THE AMERICAN WOMAN HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

On Tuesday, April 2, the editorial team sent the manuscript for the ninth edition of The American Woman off to our new publisher, Palgrave (a division of St. Martin’s Press). We anticipate publication in early January of next year. As might be inferred from its title, The American Woman 2003–2004: Daughters of A Revolution—Young Women Today, the book’s commissioned chapters focus on the status of the 19-plus million women in the U.S. who were between the ages of 25 and 35 at the turn of the twenty-first century. In addition, like previous editions, The American Woman 2003–2004 includes a comprehensive statistical portrait of American women of all ages. (The more than 120 tables and figures in this part of book were prepared entirely by WREI staff.) The book also includes an essay on the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and brief biographies of all 75 of the women now in Congress.

 

JEAN STAPLETON WOWS THEM IN NEW YORK

WREI Board president Jean Stapleton opened to rave reviews at Lincoln Center’s Newhouse Theater on March 25th in the three-woman Horton Foote drama, “The Carpetbagger’s Children.” She portrays Grace-Ann, the daughter who becomes the pariah of a rich family in small town Texas, when she elopes with a man of limited means. The New York Times describes the play as “…both sentimental and ruthless, toting up the losses in one generation’s life with warm compassion and a cold awareness that to live is ultimately to lose.”

 

CENTER FOR WOMEN IN UNIFORM

Two pieces by Lory Manning on women in the military are scheduled for publication this month. The first will appear in the Georgetown University Law School’s Journal of Gender and the Law and the second will appear in the Kennedy School of Government’s Women’s Policy Journal of Harvard. Lory has also been invited to participate in a workshop entitled How Institutions Change: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Military sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City in May.

 

HIRE-A-VET

WREI's recently study Women Veterans’ Employment has stirred considerable interest at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and by Congress. Lory was invited to discuss the study’s implications with staff members of Representatives Eva Clayton (D-NC), Corrine Brown (D-FL), and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).

In addition, Lory served as a judge for the national finals of the 2002 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democray Audio Essay Scolarship Awards. VFW has sponsored this contest since 1947 to encourage patriotism among high school students. This year, the winners from 54 local competitions (states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Pacific trust territories and overseas military installations) competed for $2.5 million in scholarship money.

 

NAVIGATIONAL GUIDE TO HHS FUNDING

Through a grant from Wyeth, WREI has prepared a “map” of federal funding sources for women’s health initiatives. This Guide to Federal Funding Opportunities in Women’s Health will assist state legislators and state health professionals in identifying funding opportunities for women’s health programs available at HHS.

The Guide will be distributed, free of charge, to all of the 1,668 women who now serve in state legislatures. Visit WREI's online Publication Store to purchase a copy.

 

WREI FELLOWS -- CLASS OF 2002

The 2002 WREI Fellows are placed and have been quickly immersed with various legislative issues. Their placements and legislative duties are listed below. For more information, we invite you to meet our fellows online at www.wrei.org/fellowships/fellowarchive.htm.

Diane Beedle works in the office of Rep. Bobby Scott where she covers budget, taxes, labor, education research, and environmental issues.

Alicia Butler answers questions on floor and committee procedures from Hill staff in the office of Democratic Whip Nancy Pelosi.

Katie Delmore has legislative responsibility for health care and welfare reform in the office of Rep. Betty McCollum.

S. Suzan Jane Harkness covers issues impacting women, children, health, and international peace in the office of Rep. Diane Watson.

Darlene Iskra assists with energy and welfare as well as with other legislative issues in the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell.

Rachel Kraus has legislative responsibility for education, health care, and religious issues in the office of Rep. Adam Schiff.

Julie Okoniewski works on health and women's issues as well as legislation impacting family and children in the office of Rep. Nydia Velázquez.

Faye Payne covers issues affecting education, science and technology, international affairs, social policy, and women's health in the office of Rep. Charles B. Rangel.

Trenace Richardson has been placed in the office of Rep. Carolyn C. Kilpatrick, where she works on education, crime, environmental, and consumer issues. She also serves as the liaison to the Urban Caucus.

 

WOMEN AND SPORTS BREAKFAST

Gold medal Olympian Dominique Dawes headlined WREI’s April 10th Capitol Hill breakfast/briefing on women and sports. This 30th birthday celebration of Title IX highlighted a survey of female executives by OppenheimerFunds that showed 82% of them participated in high school or college teams.

A turn-away crowd of over 100 guests was welcomed by Congresswoman Patsy Mink (“mother of Title IX”) as well as by Reps. Betty McCollum and Diane Watson. In addition to Dominique Dawes, featured speakers included Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins, Teri Schindler of the Women’s National Basketball Association, Jane Gottesman, author of GAME FACE: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?, and Bunny Sandler, WREI Senior Fellow and Title IX advocate.

WREI is grateful to OppenheimerFunds Inc. and to Mass Mutual Financial Group for underwriting this exciting event and to Gatorade, Lady Footlocker, Nike, and Clif Bars for contributing terrific products for our guest bags.

 

EAST WING -- A MEMOIR BY MARY FINCH HOYT

Mary Finch Hoyt, author of “East Wing: Memoirs of Politics, the Press and a First Lady” is a widely published writer, author, and public affairs consultant who was White House press secretary to First Lady Rosalynn Carter from 1976 – 1980. For more information about her memoir, or to read an excerpt, visit http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.asp?bookid=12655.

 

WOMEN OF MYSTERY

There was standing room only at the National Museum for Women of the Arts on March 22nd when former WREI Fellow Pamela Beere Briggs presented her outstanding documentary, Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction. Pamela produced and directed this insightful examination of a literary genre personified by Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, and Marcia Muller. Her husband, William McDonald, was co-producer and cinematographer. He helped Pamela capture beautifully not only the craft of writing but the joy of reading. Following the film, Sara Paretsky read from her latest V.I. Warshawski novel, Total Recall. Pamela will be returning to Washington to conduct a workshop at the museum at the end of the June.