UPDATE Issue 20
• Did you know?
• WREI Fellows
Take Their Place on Capitol Hill
Captain Lory Manning Demonstrates Good Judgement
AAUW Call for Proposals
Between 1992 and 2002, real personal income for women between the ages
of 55 and 65 rose by 50 percent—twice the rate of increase for women
overall. Women at the leading edge of the Boomer generation deserve much
of the credit: 64 percent of women who were in their late fifties in 2002
were in the workforce.
WREI FELLOWS TAKE THEIR PLACE ON CAPITOL HILL
The 2004 WREI Fellows have accepted House and Senate placements and
are already immersed in legislative work. Their Congressional assignments
and legislative duties are listed below. If you’d like to put
faces with the names, we invite you to meet the Fellows online at ww.wrei.org/fellowships/fellowarchive.htm.
BRESCOLL is working in the office of Senator Hillary Rodham
(D-NY), where she covers a variety of issues related to women and families.
During her first week on the job, Tori helped write a speech and press
release on Senator Clinton’s Kinship Caregiver Support Act. Right
now,she’s working on an amendment to the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act reauthorization.
CORBETT has joined the staff of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY),
covering a wide range of women’s issues, including women in the
women’s health. One of Christi’s current projects is drafting
a bill to require insurance companies to cover bone density screenings
for individuals at risk for osteoporosis.
is the health and social policy fellow in the office of Senator
Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), which means she is handling Temporary Assistance
for Needy Families (TANF), access to and quality of health care, and
labeling. This portfolio has led Ann to focus on the budget process,
so she is also helping track amendments during the Senate's annual consideration
of the budget resolution.
covers a broad range of health care issues for Rep. Jan
Schakowsky (D-IL). Among her assignments: helping draft legislation
that seeks to improve the quality of patient care by establishing minimum
nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in hospitals; investigating hospital
billing and collection practices with uninsured patients; and examining
federal fire safety regulations in nursing homes. Polina also prepared
questions for HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson when he came before the House
Energy and Commerce Committee to testify on the Administration's FY
2005 health care priorities.
works on education, child care, and welfare issues in the
office of Senator Jack Reed (D-RI). At the moment, she is shepherding
Senator Reed’s “Preparing, Recruiting, and Retaining Education
Professionals Act,” part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization
bill. This legislation targets teachers, early childhood education providers,
principals, and teacher preparation program faculty to provide ongoing
opportunities for educator training and retraining.
Erica defines “shepherding” as re-drafting the bill, writing
background pieces, soliciting letters of support and co-sponsors, and
helping with the Senator’s floor statement on the bill.
is the foreign affairs fellow in the office of Senator Barbara
Mikulski (D-MD) and is focusing on international women's rights: Iraqi
and Afghani women's issues, CEDAW, HIV/AIDS, and World Food Aid. Reena
has organized two Senate briefings to highlight the struggles of Iraqi
women to ensure their legal standing in the new constitution and interim
J. YEE has been assigned budget and economic policy issues—
specifically the President’s budget and domestic and international
taxes, banking, labor, and pension reform—in the office of Senator
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). For the past month, she has provided the Senator
with time-sensitive data and analysis of the FY 2005 budget resolution,
tracking reconciliation and pay-as-you-go language. She also wrote a
floor statement for the Senator on the growing national debt. Jocelyn
will focus next on the outsourcing of white and blue collar jobs.
FROM FORMER WREI FELLOWS
Evelyn Yee, Class of 1997-98
On December 18, 2003, Evelyn married Nimesh Patel at the Oberoi Rajvilas
Hotel in Jaipur, India, in a traditional Indian wedding followed by
a Chinese tea ceremony. As in the days of the maharajas, Nimesh rode
to the temple on an ornately-decorated elephant named Bobo. (Incidentally,
Bobo was President Bill Clinton's mount for a safari during a state
visit to India.) The bride arrived in a flower-draped, horse-drawn carriage.
The wedding was
preceded by a journey to the Taj Mahal, to Nimesh's familial
village, and to Delhi, and was followed by a honeymoon in Bali. WREI
was well represented at the celebration: Lisa Maatz, another member
of the class of 1997-98, joined the bride and groom on the first part
of the trip and was a member of the wedding party.
The bride and groom
met in Washington at a charity benefit raising awareness
of domestic violence. One of their first dates was at the 1998 WREI
Gala. Evelyn confides that she knew Nimesh was “the one”
because of his understanding of and commitment to women's issues.
Nimesh is an attorney
in the Corporate Diversity Counseling Group in the Washington, DC office
of Holland & Knight. As a WREI Fellow, Evelyn worked for Senator
Edward M. Kennedy on health care issues. She is currently completing
her MBA at The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
CAPTAIN LORY MANNING DEMONSTRATES GOOD JUDGEMENT
WREI's Lory Manning
recently served as a national judge for two prestigious awards. First,
she helped choose the finalists for the VFW’s “Voice of
Democracy” contest, which has been awarding college scholarships
to high school students since 1946. She then journeyed to New York to
serve on Good Housekeeping magazine’s selection committee for
its annual award recognizing women who have made a difference in federal,
state, and local governments. Among Lory’s fellow judges were
former Vermont governor Madeline Kuhn and former Congresswoman Patricia
Saiki. The winners of the award will be announced later this spring
in Good Housekeeping.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
From November 12-14, the American Association of University Women Educational
Foundation will hold its third biennial international symposium, “International
Perspectives: Women Leading Change in Public Health and Technology.”
AAUW is calling for proposals that describe the best practices elaborating
how women are creating positive change with regard to implementing the
use of technology and addressing the challenges that the use of technology
presents to rural women in developing countries.
For more information,
visit AAUW’s International Symposium informational
page at http://www.aauw.org/ef/symposium.cfm or contact Takara Swoopes
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.