WREI UPDATE Issue 19
KAUFMAN JOINS WREI'S BOARD
Mr. Kaufman's commitment to women in the military began in 1977, when he was named to the Board of Visitors at West Point. He served for many years on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) and still attends their meetings.
In announcing Mr. Kaufman's appointment, WREI Board president Jean Stapleton noted, "We are very fortunate to add an individual of Bob Kaufman's character and accomplishments to our organization. All of us look forward to working with him to promote WREI's mission-particularly in strengthening the rights and responsibilities of American women in uniform."
His Excellency Simbi
Mubako, Ambassador of Zimbabwe, joined in saluting the guests of honor
and well as this ten-year project by the Feminist Press at the City
University of New York to research a rich but hidden literary tradition
that has become a project of cultural reconstruction to restore African
women's voices to the public sphere. The series makes visible the oral
and written expression of African women, since the definition of "writing"
has been deliberately broadened to include
FOR THE 2004 CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWS
On Day #1, the new Fellows heard from Sonya Kandathil and Jessica Donze, both from the class of 2003. Jessica, who is currently manager of national nutrition policy for the American Dietetic Association, handled health and nutrition issues for Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) last year, while Sonia covered health caucuses for Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA). Sonia is hard at work on her dissertation in public health for Oregon State University.
They were followed by Shari Miles, executive director of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, who has a long association with WREI, first as a WREI Fellow (class of 1989-90), then as Fellowship Director, and finally as executive director. Shari offered "big picture" advice (interviewing, selecting an office, negotiating the legislative process) as well as important details ("Always keep a second pair of pantyhose and some decent heels in your desk for that unexpected meeting with the boss.")
Julie Okoniewski (class of 2002) gave the Fellows a tour of her office in the Rayburn building on their second day of orientation, introducing them to her colleagues on Senator Nydia Velasquez's (D-NY) staff. Julie explained the logistics of working in the House and talked about her portfolio-the environment, women's issues, judiciary, international relations, human rights, and the military.
Lisa Maatz (class of 1997-98) helped the class of 2004 establish goals as they considered specific Hill placements. Lisa, now director of public policy and government relations at the American Association of University Women, had warm words for her former boss, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).
about the labor union movement from Jo Deutsch (class
of 1985-86), who is now working in political affairs at the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). You can
view a wonderful picture of Jo and her partner, Teresa Williams, and
their three children who are part of the Human Rights Campaign's American
families ads. Go to
Special thanks to this brain trust of Fellowship alumnae-as well as to the other outstanding orientation speakers-whose wisdom and wit helped the Class of 2004 hit the ground running. Tune in next issue to learn about the Congressional offices they've selected.
BORDERS: HOW WOMEN CHANGE THE NATURE OF CITIZENSHIP
IN THE MILITARY
OFFER FROM WOMEN IN POLITICS PRODUCTIONS
FROM FORMER FELLOWS
Marilyn was the proud and devoted mother of Stephanie, Aaron and Angela. Just this year, she helped deliver her first two grandchildren. Her death at the age of only is a sad loss for her family and for her many friends and colleagues.