WREI UPDATE Issue 22
Did you know?
The Heraea Games were initiated by married women for the maidens to vie athletically. Though women were allowed to compete in the Olympic Stadium, their course was shortened by one-sixth of the men’s course length.
to honor Ann Dibble Jordan with 2004 American Woman Award
For information about WREI’s 27th annual gala at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington—and for a list of the fabulous prizes already collected for WREI’s celebrated silent auction—visit WREI through the link below. Discounted tickets are available to students, seniors, veterans, members of the military, and employees of non-profit organizations.
the Magnificent Seven!
JULIE OKONIEWSKI (Class of 2002) e-mailed from Poughkeepsie, NY, where she is running a two-week Summer Youth Advocacy Program for 13-18 year-olds from varied socio-economic backgrounds and cultures to teach them about grassroots organizing and civic participation. Julie has arranged visits with local elected officials and is teaching her twelve “campers” how to use theater, art, music and creative writing as tools to convey a social/political message. This project grows from Julie’s work as a counselor with the Grand Street Settlement, where she started a 9 to 12 year-old girls group. A graduate of NYU in social work and community development, she went on to earn a master’s in urban affairs from Hunter College, interning in the Brooklyn office of Rep. Nydia Velazquez. As a WREI Fellow, she moved to Washington to cover women’s issues for the Congresswoman on Capitol Hill, and then accepted a professional staff position there.
SANDRA PURCELL CARTER wrote from her soon-to-be-sold home/ranch/farm in Sunray, TX, while “going through 37-plus years of things accumulated when a family is too busy—or at least did other more interesting things—than weed and throw away.” She will be following husband Morris to Farmington, NM, where he consults for a company that grows popcorn on the Navajo Reservation.
During her 1983-84 Fellowship, Sandy covered childcare legislation for Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-KA), while pursuing a master’s in education counseling at West Texas State University. She returned to Sunray to work as an education consultant and spent last year, before retiring, as a school counselor, where she “loved being back with the children again!” The proud grandmother of five, Sandy speaks admiringly of daughter Lynn in Austin, who juggles family and a law practice. Sadly, her son died six years ago, her “greatest sorrow.”
In August, REENA SHAH (Class of 2004) will move from working for a lawmaker (Senator Barbara Mikulski) to learning the law. She has just been named the first recipient of the prestigious Benjamin Civiletti Scholarship at the University of Maryland School of Law. This award—which covers all tuition and expenses for three years--recognizes her past accomplishments in public service and her future leadership potential in the field of law.
help found DC-based groups for younger feminists
The Younger Women's Taskforce falls under the umbrella of the National Council of Women's Organizations and is open to younger women working in women's organizations in DC. The group is currently planning a founding "meet-up" for this January or February, to bring women from all over the country to plan an issue agenda and mission statement.
The Young Women's Partnership (which plans a name change soon) is focusing specifically on workplace issues for yonger women in all fields. Membership is open to interested younger women. The group is beginning work on a job satisfaction and advancement study because they want real data from which to advocate for younger women on the job.
Monica has joined both groups and is working on the convention planning committee for the Taskforce. Rayma has joined the Taskforce and is sitting on several other committees that have ongoing business.