WREI UPDATE Issue 10
April 18, 2002
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. Martins Press). We anticipate publication in early January of next year. As might be inferred from its title, The American Woman 20032004: Daughters of A RevolutionYoung Women Today, the books 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 20032004 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 Womens 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 Centers Newhouse Theater on March 25th in the three-woman Horton Foote drama, The Carpetbaggers 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 generations 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 Schools Journal of Gender and the Law and the second will appear in the Kennedy School of Governments Womens 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.
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 studys 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 womens health initiatives. This Guide to Federal Funding Opportunities in Womens Health will assist state legislators and state health professionals in identifying funding opportunities for womens 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.
answers questions on floor and committee procedures from Hill staff
in the office of Democratic Whip Nancy Pelosi.
WOMEN AND SPORTS BREAKFAST
Gold medal Olympian Dominique Dawes headlined WREIs 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 Womens 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.