January 2011 Insider
Happy New Year from WIN!
What are you looking forward to in the new year? Here at WIN, we've got an awful lot to be excited about. From the upcoming Young Women of Achievement Awards to the Congressional Council
reception, there are so many opportunities to advance pro-choice,
Democratic causes in the greater DC area. Start 2011 off right by
attending one of our upcoming signature events, exploring a new network
or making some connections with other WINners. It'll be a fantastic way
to start off the new year!
YWA Tickets On Sale Now!
The Young Women of Achievement Awards (YWA) is only a month away! Check out the brand new event website, where you can learn more about the event and our phenomenal nominees.
This year's theme, "Generation XX - Bridging the Gap Between Generations of Women,"
recognizes the importance of connecting women across all generations.
We're excited for this amazing evening of networking and celebration as
we recognize the achievements of young professional women under 35.
YWA's feature keynote speaker will be Jen O'Malley Dillon, executive director of the Democratic National Committee, and will be hosted by Liz Chadderdon, president of The Chadderdon Group.
Visit the website today to learn more and purchase your tickets!
Announcing WIN's Congressional Council Reception
WIN honors the pro-choice, Democratic women of the 112th Congress with its annual evening of celebration on Capitol Hill.
Join WIN and host Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D, CT-3rd) for a reception honoring the members of WIN's Congressional Council.
WIN's Congressional Council is made up of the pro-choice, Democratic
women in the U.S. House and Senate who support the mission and vision of
Inspirational Women Standing Up For Choice
Celebrating the Pro-Choice, Democratic Women of Congress
Tuesday February 8, 2011
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Light appetizers and drinks will be served
Please RSVP to email@example.com
This event is hosted on Capitol Hill. Location will be disclosed to confirmed guests prior to the reception. Please note that this event is FREE and exclusively for WIN members.
WIN's Feminist Conversation Series Presents: Feminism and Consumerism
WIN's Feminism Conversation Series
engages WIN members in critical discussions about gender, equality, and
the movement for women's rights. This series brings area experts
together with WIN members in a setting where every person has a voice
and every opinion matters.
The first event of 2011, held on Wednesday,
January 19 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Watha T. Daniel Library (next
to the Shaw Metro), will address Feminism & Consumerism.
The economic empowerment of women across the
rich world is one of the most remarkable revolutions of the past 50
years. Millions of women who were once dependent on men have taken
control of their own economic fates. (Economist) Today, in 147 out of 150 of the biggest US cities, young single women earn 8% higher than their male peers. (TIME) At
the same time, in DC, women are 35% more likely to be in poverty than
men. In 2009, 63% of DC’s low-income working families are headed by
single women. (Defeat Poverty DC)
Feminism and Consumerism:
- With four Wal-Marts opening in DC at the
same time that the company is being sued by female employees for
discrimination, we'll ask ourselves: Do we shop at stores that
discriminate against women, or depend on sweatshop labor of women around
- How can we avoid this when we are
scrapped for cash, and need to cut our own budgets wherever possible? Is
"shopping your values" just for the affluent? What are other WIN
members doing? What is your personal philosophy on feminist
- Is capitalism anti-feminist?
If so, is it necessarily so - or is there the possibility of a
feminist-capitalist society? Is hyper-consumerism bad for feminism, or
can we use our economic power for good?
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You'll receive periodic updates and news about upcoming events!
Writing Group Celebrates One Year Anniversary!
WIN's Writing Group
had a special soiree to celebrate the one year anniversary of the
group's founding. The group meets every other Wednesday at 8 pm at
different cafes around DC to meet other writers, do a short writing
prompt and workshop a piece submitted by a group member. Like the
group's meetings, the event was open to anyone interested in attending -
no prior writing group attendance required! The event featured baked
goods, attendees of all ages, shared excerpts from creative nonfiction
pieces written by members and famous authors alike, and an audio clip of
David Sedaris reading his amazing Santaland piece.
Network Spotlight - Women's Health Policy Network
The purpose of the Women's Health Policy
network is to inform women about current public health and health
policy issues, educate women on the policy process, play an active role
in public policy, and of course, network within and between
AC Member Spotlight - Mary Jane Gallagher
Mary Jane Gallagher is certainly no
neophyte in the women's health arena or in Washington, D.C. Her storied
resume includes more than 20 years of federal and state policy and
communications expertise. She has served as the Chief Operating Officer
of two of the largest national membership associations: most recently,
the Public Education Network and, from 2004-06, the League of
Conservation Voters. Prior to her work with the League, Gallagher also
served as the COO of NARAL Pro-Choice America from 2001-2004.
Gallagher's leadership equipped these groups, all of which wield
considerable influence in Washington, with successful organizational
You can also add business owner to Gallagher's
accomplishments. For 15 years, she was CEO of the Gallagher Widmeyer
Group, a for-profit firm Gallagher founded, which provided public
affairs and communications support to non-profits in health care and
education. Earlier in her career, Gallagher served two governors. She
served as press secretary to former West Virginia Governor Jay
Rockefeller and she was also the director of policy and communications
for former Governor Lawton Chiles of Florida. She also served as a
correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.
Gallagher is a fierce advocate for women's
health and family planning. Her commitment to non-profit efficiency and
her communications acumen perfectly anchor her belief that all people
deserve access to services which will help them act responsibly, stay
healthy and plan for strong families.
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Upcoming WIN Events
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"Feminism and Consumerism" - hosted by Feminist Conversation Series - 6:30 pm @ Shaw Library
"Social Networking Etiquette" - hosted by Professional Development Series - 6:30 pm @ WIN office - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "Social Networking Etiquette RSVP"
"Taking Your Career To The Next Level as a Woman of Color, Part II" - 2 pm, location TBD - RSVP to email@example.com
Millenium Stage Performance - hosted by Arts and Culture network - 6 pm @ JFK Center for the Arts - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 1/20
State of the Union Viewing Party - Location and time TBD
"Women of Faith and Choice" - hosted by Faith and Spirituality network - 6 pm @ WIN office
"Safer Sex Kits Party to Fight AIDS" - hosted by Queer network - 6:30 pm @ DC Center, 810 14th St NW - RSVP to email@example.com
WIN 101 - 6:30 pm @ WIN office
Congressional Council Reception - 6:30 pm - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join a New Network in the New Year - it's easier than ever!
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edit your profile and select which networks you're interested in. From
there, you'll be added to those network's email lists and be informed of
Join WIN Sustainers
Calling all former WIN leaders, EC members and event team participants!
Join WIN's growing group of sustaining members and have the
opportunity to network, mentor, train and support WIN members. Click here for more info.
Become a WIN Ambassador
Interesting in learning more about Ambassadors, WIN's on the ground recruitment team? Visit our website to learn more about this team and how you can become involved!
WIN wants to recognize your various
talents and accomplishments! If you have an exciting update or would
like to "shout out" a fellow member, please email Rachel Bonds at email@example.com.
Jamie Lockhart was recently elected president of the Young Arlington Democrats.
Pamela Selle recently began her new job as a developer at Well and Lighthouse LLC.
Amy Throndsen made an exciting career
change and recently joined her family's business as the director of
marketing and business development. Learn more about her "leap" here.