WREI UPDATE Issue 5
December 19, 2000
WOMEN IN UNIFORM: A CHANGING WORLD ORDER
These have been demanding
times for Captain Lory Manning, who directs WREIs program on women
in the military. After the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in which two
women sailors were killed and five were wounded, Lory provided background
on a variety of issues to reporters and commentators from the national
media, including Scripps-Howard News Service, ABC News, New Republic magazine,
and researchers from the Library of Congress.
WOMEN IN THE MILITARY: WHERE THEY STAND
WREI is pleased to
announce the release of the third edition of Women in the Military: Where
They Stand. This one-of-a-kind resource has been expanded to include the
most recent data on womens status in the U.S. military services,
a chronology of significant legal and policy changes affecting women in
the military from 1947 to the present, statistics by each service including
additional tables by detailed race and Hispanic origin, and a list of
organizations that are working on issues affecting women in the military.
The report closes with a bibliographya new addition to WREIs
timely and invaluable publication.
WOMEN SPEAK ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
The hard work of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) Affirmative Action Task Force, led by WREI's senior fellow Brigid O'Farrell, and the active involvement of women from around the country, have helped clarify the issues surrounding affirmative action. In this report, women themselves speak about how they have benefited from affirmative action and why it is still needed. Visit the NCWO and follow the links for a full copy of the report.
HIRE A VET: WE NEED YOUR HELP
Do you know a woman who has served in the armed forces and now works as a police officer, truck driver, logistics planner, electrician, home builder, firefighter, or construction manager? If the answer is yes, please contact WREI's senior fellow Brigid O'Farrell. She is interviewing women veterans about their military experience and their transition to civilian jobs still considered nontraditional for women in transportation, construction, or public policy.
THE AMERICAN WOMAN 20012002
WREI is pleased to announce that The American Woman will be released at the beginning of March. This volume, the eighth in WREIs acclaimed series, focuses on womens emerging leadership in politics, business, education, unions, and the military. The American Woman 20012002: Getting to the Top will be launched at a press event in Washington.
Theres never time to rest on our laurels: planning is already underway for the ninth edition. Anne Stone and Vanessa Wight, who produce the impressive array of charts and tables in the book, are working with our long-time senior editor, Cindy Costello, to plan the next edition.
FRIENDS OF WREI
WREI would like to congratulate its board member Carol Gallagher on her fine book, Going to the Top, which was released this year. Carol was in Washington, DC last month for a book-signing at the Press Club. Her book is based on lessons learned from 200 women who have reached the top in America's Fortune 1000 companies.
WREI'S CONGRESSIONAL FELLOWS SOON TO ARRIVETHE CLASS OF 2001
The eight outstanding
women who won WREI fellowships will arrive on January 16th for an intensive
two-week orientation. Theyll meet with former fellows, House and
Senate staffers, budget specialists, lobbyists, and issue experts from
the Library of Congress, the American Political Science Association, and
the executive branch.
MIDLIFE WOMEN'S HEALTH SUMMIT
Preparations are well
underway for WREIs January 910 health summit in Philadelphia,
Improving the Health of Midlife Women: Policy Options for the 21st
Century. Cindy Costello, Ph.D., has assembled an impressive panel
of issue experts who will spend two days devising practical policy recommendations
that WREI will present to members of the 107th Congress. The summit's
advisory committee members are Karen Scott Collins, M.D., of the Commonwealth
Fund, Cindy Hall from Women's Policy, Inc., Wilhelmina Leigh, Ph.D., of
the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Saralyn Mark, M.D.,
of HHSs Office on Womens Health, and Martha Romans of the
Jacobs Institute of Womens Health.
AMERICAN WOMAN AWARD GALA
Thanks to the generosity of our many supporters, our annual gala and silent auction on October 4th at the Mayflower broke 1999s record for earnings. The event drew guests from a wide range of corporations, unions, government, womens advocacy groups, scholars, and students. The Best Friends Jazz Choir struck just the right note in opening and closing the evening. Washington's Mayor Anthony Williams and Franklin Raines, chair of Fannie Mae, delivered wonderful tributes to our guest of honor, Alice Rivlin. And Dr. Rivlin returned the favor with a humorous, thoughtful, and touching insight into her landmark career in economics. Congratulations go to WREIs small but dedicated staff, who worked very hard to organize an elegant, entertaining, and exciting evening for us all.
WREI FELLOWSWHERE ARE THEY NOW?