The Women’s Research & Education Institute

2013 WREI Fellow Emerald Christopher

at the

‘Realize the Dream’ 50th Anniversary March

From RH Reality Check a daily publication providing news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues:

For one young woman, though, the appearance of women at the podium wasn’t quite enough. Emerald Christopher, a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, wore a shirt emblazoned with the first names of famous feminist and womanist writers of color: Audre & Gloria & Angela & bell (in reference to Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldúa, Angela Davis, and bell hooks). 

Christopher attended the march with her mother. It was fine to have all those women political figures and great to  have Mrylie Evers-Williams address the rally, she said.

“But, where,” she asked, “were the African-American women movement leaders, the thought leaders?”


Dr. 'Bunny' Sandler Inducted

Into Women's Hall of Fame

WREI Senior Fellow Dr. Bernice Resnick Sandler was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame ( in Seneca Falls, NY, Sunday, October 12.

For more than forty years, Dr. Sandler has been a tireless advocate of educational equity for women and girls. In 1970, Sandler filed the first charges of sex discrimination against 250 educational institutions.  It was this strategy that led to the first federal investigations of campus sex discrimination at a time when no laws existed to prohibit discrimination based on sex in education.  Subsequently, Sandler was instrumental in the development, passage and implementation of Title IX, the legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.  An expert in strategies and policies to prevent and respond to sex discrimination in higher education, Sandler has given more than 2,500 presentations. 

Her fellow honorees this year include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former First Lady, the late Betty Ford.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of great American women.  This esteemed group grows with each Induction Ceremony and as women continue to influence and shape the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science.





As of January 1, 2014, the Congressional Fellowships on Women & Public Policy were transferred to Women’s Policy, Inc. 


For information about this year’s Fellows or for an application for 2015, please go to

New Location for Fellowship Information

Celebrating Current and Former Fellows

Susan Scanlan (far right) helps Cindy Hall (far left) celebrate the Class of 2014 Fellows at a Capitol Hill reception.  Cindy heads Women’s Policy, Inc. (WPI) which now runs the Fellowship program.  The five women in this year’s class are joined by former Fellows from as far back as 1986.



Justice Ginsburg, Administration

Cite WREI Data In Hobby Lobby Dissent



"Women of childbearing age spend 68

percent more in out-of-pocket health care costs than men."



These data mentioned in Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s stinging dissent to the majority opinion came from a WREI publication Women's Health Care Costs and Experiences."


In the Hobby Lobby case alone, it was cited in briefs by the Obama administration, as well as in an amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief by 91 Democratic members of Congress and a separate amicus brief by the National Women’s Law Center as well as in a flurry of references to the statistic in court cases, bills, and in reports  2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2003, 2002, 1999 and 1998.


Susan Scanlan joins a panel of health experts for a Senate briefing on the FDA’s handling of women’s Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire

Disorder Panel

AcademyWomen, will convene its career coaching workshop March 5 and the The Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) March 6 and 7 at Women in Military Service to America Memorial in Arlington, VA.

Academy Women is a leadership and professional development organization that empowers aspiring, current and past women military officers through mentoring, training, and growth opportunities to achieve their highest potential and work/life balance.

The Career Coaching Workshop is a full day designed to assist military officer and senior enlisted women in making successful career transitions after their military service, as well as veteran officer women who are considering a career change and interested in improving their career success. The Career Workshop includes interactive sessions and discussions led by industry experts and top-caliber, military-friendly employers interested in meeting and hiring transitioning military women and veterans.

The Owls Symposium provides military women the opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues and to grow professionally and personally through keynote messages, workshops and panel discussions. Our distinguished speakers are leaders from the military, public and private sectors who offer their support and personal advice. Participants will have tremendous opportunities for mentorship, while connecting with veteran and current military women at every level of leadership and from every military branch of service.

Registration forms and other details are available at:


AcademyWomen OWLS, Career Coaching Workshop Slated for March 6-7 at WIMSA












































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