On Tuesday, March 13, the Emerging Leaders Network of the National Council for Research on Women and Philanthropy New York hosted The Nuts, Bolts & Art of Networking, a hands on networking workshop facilitated by David Schachter. Held at the offices of Philanthropy New York, and co-sponsored by NYU’s Wagner Women’s Caucus, the event featured a number of exercises in which participants paired up with one another, in an effort to engage in what Schachter calls the reciprocity of networking.
On Monday, Oct. 24, the Emerging Leaders Network of the National Council for Research on Women hosted Taking the Wheel, an event featuring younger women who have founded or lead non-profit organizations. Held at the Ms. Foundation for Women and co-sponsored by the Third Wave Foundation, this eye-opening conversation featured two exceptional leaders in the non-profit sector, Emily May of Hollaback and Tiloma Jayasinghe of Sakhi for South Asian Women. Kyla Bender-Baird, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Network, moderated the discussion.
By now, it might be obvious that I want more women to run for office. However, when I express that wish without qualifications or conditional addendums, it may be misleading – especially because I am writing so openly as a feminist with clearly defined politics.
I had the amazing opportunity to participate in a NOW webinar moderated by Terry O’Neill, President of NOW, “The Budget Deal is a Feminist Issue.” The webinar discussed how Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) 2012 budget deal would cut several social services. Programs on the chopping block include Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics, Pell grants, job training, Head Start, childcare programs, and WIC nutrition programs. Women are overrepresented in each of these program’s recipient pools.
The Center for American Progress recently released a report on the education reforms Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law last month. Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) seeks to overhaul the state’s policies on teacher hiring, tenure, reductions and dismissals in an effort to make statewide educational improvements. This bill may be the first step in bringing true reformation to the Illinois education system. The collaboration between senate legislators, union organizers and negotiating lawyers, SB 7 is an example of how state governments and unions can truly work together for the common good.
On June 23, The National Council for Research on Women’s Emerging Leaders Network and the Girl Scouts of the USA presented “Pathways to (Non)Profit.” This powerhouse panel included women who made the transition from corporate to non-profit careers and others who made their entire career in non-profit sector.
As an ever-growing proportion of state budgets and the second biggest state expenditure after education, Medicaid presents itself as an easy target when budget cuts are imminent. Wider Opportunities for Women’s recent webinar on June 30th, “Budget Battles: Threats to Medicaid,” summarized the threats posed to Medicaid with presentations from Angela Shubert and Jen Beeson from Families USA, Renata Pore from the West Virginia Center for Budget and Policy, and Andy McDonald of BerlinRosen Public Affairs. The webinar discussion delved into how advocates can shift the perception of Medicaid among politicians and the public by reframing the conversation surrounding the Medicaid program.
At the June 22nd brown bag lunch, “Changing Workplace Scheduling as an Anti-Poverty Strategy,” sponsored by Half in Ten and the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner, presenter Joan Williams discussed how erratic workplace scheduling policies prevent many low-income parents from maintaining regular employment. She believes that anti-poverty policies that focus entirely on workforce readiness may be misplaced; instead, the problem rests with the employers and companies who use outdated workplace scheduling practices that make it impossible for low-income workers to be both an ideal worker and a responsible parent.
Last fall, I decided to write a thesis about women running for state legislative office. This choice—to research women in domestic politics rather than the concentrations of my International Studies major (Latin America and Political Economy)—meant taking on a subject about which I had mostly intuitive and first-hand knowledge – and very little academic expertise.
Although I’m a longtime feminist, I have never taken a women’s studies course. Usually, I’ve defended feminism loudly, flying by the seat of my bloomers, and wielding loose and unofficial lingo.