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WREI UPDATE— Issue 6

 

March 16, 2001

IN THIS ISSUE
The American Woman 2001–2002
Where in Washington Are our Fellows?
Honoring our Fellows
Lory Manning to Speak at Georgetown
News from the Radcliffe Public Policy Center
WREI Features a Fellow

 

DID YOU KNOW . . .
According to Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, beauty contests are still the largest source of college scholarships for women. Since 1945, the Miss America Organization has given more that $100 million in grants. They remain the largest scholarship organization in the world.

 

THE AMERICAN WOMAN 2001-2002: GETTING TO THE TOP
The eighth edition in WREI's acclaimed American Woman series is now available. The book focuses on how women succeed in reaching the highest levels of leadership in five areas of American life: politics, higher education, the corporate world, labor unions, and the military. The book also includes a comprehensive statistical portrait of today's American women in terms of education, health, employment, earnings, voter registration and more.

How does the American woman succeed? The authors of the chapters in the new book report similar "ingredients" in the recipe for success. Women need to find a mentor, work hard, perform beyond expectations, make themselves visible to top management, show a willingness to take risks, take on "stretch" assignments, do not rock the boat, "fit in," and keep their personal lives separate from work.

The American Woman is available online $16.95 (includes shipping and handling). Purchase this book today, support WREI, and prepare for a fascinating read!

 

WREI FELLOWS HEAD FOR THE HILL
WREI's twenty-first class of Congressional Fellows on Women and Public Policy have joined the ranks of the many hard-working individuals who staff our nation's Capitol. We are proud to report that all eight fellows are working hard and faring well. Here are their congressional assignments:

  • Deborah Alexander is working for Rep. William J. Pascrell, Jr. (D-8th/NJ). Deborah, from Warren, NJ, has an M.A. in women's studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Robin Brazley is working for Rep. Major Owens (D-11th/NY). Robin, from Baltimore, MD, is a Ph.D. candidate in urban education leadership at Morgan State University.
  • Maria De Iasi is working for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME). Maria, from Jersey City, NJ, has an M.S.W. as well as an M.A. in public administration from Rutgers University.
  • Aviva Klein is working for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-27th/CA). Aviva, from North Miami Beach, FL, has an M.A. in women's studies from the George Washington University.
  • Kimberly Mason is working for Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-14th/NY). Kimberly, from Raleigh, NC, has an M.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia.
  • Katrice Price is working for Rep. Bobby Scott (D-3rd/VA). Katrice, from Thibodaux, LA, has an M.S.W. from Tulane University.
  • Raissa ("Joy") Raatz is working for Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-37th/CA), who is the cochair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. Joy, from Bloomington, IN, is a Ph.D. candidate in public health from the University of Indiana.
  • Patricia Rojas is working for Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-33rd/CA). Patricia, from Houston, TX, is an M.S.W. candidate at the University of Houston.

 

COME SALUTE THE WREI FELLOWS
Join WREI in saluting these outstanding women, the twenty-first class of Congressional Fellows on Women and Public Policy. We'll be tipping our hats and raising our glasses to them on Wednesday, March 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Cannon House Office Building, Room 121. Tickets are $35 and tax-deductible.

 

JOIN LORY MANNING AT THE GEORGETOWN LAW CENTER
Lory Manning, director of WREI's Women in the Military project, will be a panelist at the Fourth Annual Symposium of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law. The symposium theme this year is Gender and Sexual Orientation in the Military. Lory's presentation is on the changing status of women in militaries around the world. The symposium will be held on March 19, 2001 from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue, NW. It is free and open to the public.

 

RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE BOOK PUBLISHED BY DIRECTOR OF THE RADCLIFFE PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
Wednesday, May 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Capitol Hilton Hotel, 16th and K Streets, NW

Dr. Paula Rayman, executive director of the Radcliffe Public Policy Center, is the author of Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work. This path-breaking book addresses some of the most important questions of our day: Is it possible to work, and to have a life? And why do so many Americans-working harder and longer and with less security than ever before-question the price of success demanded by today's hot-wired economy?

Enjoy fine food, lively music, and mingle with distinguished guests at the Capitol Hilton on May 9th. Dr. Rayman will be on hand to sign complimentary copies of her new book at the event. Because space is limited, please RSVP by May 3 to the Radcliffe Public Policy Center at 617.496.3478 or by email at sjostedt@radcliffe.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the National Council of Women's Organizations and the Radcliffe Association.

 

WREI FELLOWS (PAST) - WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Kimura Flores
Class of 1986-1987
Office of then-Representative Don Edwards (D-CA)

For the past two years, Kimura Flores has worked on the California Senate Health and Human Services Committee as a principal consultant (California's fancy term for "staffer"). After spending her whole career in welfare policy, including a period as assistant director for the nonprofit California Budget Project, Kim has now moved to health policy, focusing specifically on expanding coverage to the uninsured.

In addition to caring for her 3 1/2 year-old daughter and year-old son, Kim helped her husband run and win a seat on the Sacramento City Council. What free time she has is spent cross-country skiing in the winter and swimming, walking her dog, hiking, and traveling in the summer. Her reading recommendations are pretty much confined to child development and parenting books.

As a member of the WREI Class of 1986-1987, Kim worked on environmental issues for California Rep. Don Edwards, a former FBI agent with three sons who was one of the truly great feminists in Congress. Her Washington experience "was wonderful" but made her even more committed to going back home to work: "I saw how D.C. focused on many issues that were and are irrelevant to California. I much prefer working on the state level where I've had a hand in influencing the budget and writing new laws."

Things Kim had done that she never expected to do: Meet Attorney General Janet Reno and travel to Indonesia.