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Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) and Career Coaching Workshop

3-5 April, 2014

Lead In: Breaking Barriers to Success

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.


Register now for the Officer Women Leadership Symposium! At this exciting event we will explore how to break through the barriers women face that prevent them from reaching their full potential in the workplace. We will access new ideas and discuss opportunities for overcoming cultural and societal obstacles that may limit women's ability to reach the highest levels of leadership. OWLS will offer attendees the opportunity to network and interact with colleagues and leaders with a diverse range of expertise, interests and experiences from all the services and veteran communities.


The  Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) will be held 4-5 April, 2014 at the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.  This event is designed to inspire, inform and connect current, future and former women military officers from all the military services regardless of commissioning source.  Officers, senior enlisted women (E7+) and veteran women are highly encouraged to attend.  Don't miss this incredible event!  Register now at:  


Career Coaching Workshop to be held 3 April 2014


Directly preceding the OWLS, the Career Coaching Workshop is a full day designed to assist military officer and senior enlisted women in career transition after their military service, and veteran officer women who are considering a career change and are interested in improving their career success. The Career Workshop will include a variety of sessions designed to help transitioning women:

· finding the best career fit that fuels personal passions

· career options and the skills needed to succeed in various industries

· the art of conducting a successful interview

creating a winning resume and developing strategies for career success

Opportunities will also be available for attendees to network with top-caliber, military friendly companies specifically interested in military women for their integrity, work ethic and leadership skills.  


Register now at: .  Contact Aida Spalding with any questions 




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.



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