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May 17, 2011

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Thursday, May 19, 2011
7:30 p.m. NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
60 Washington Square South, NYC 


will explore race, gender, and presidential politics and take a reading of the current landscape. A limited number of books will be available for purchase.  


Moderated by Carol Jenkins


 The 2011 NCRW Member Center Awards for Lifetime Achievement and Advocacy will also be presented at this event.


RSVP required: Please register today as space is filling up and RSVP is required for security purposes.

The program is free and open to the public.  

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Inked: An Interview with Alison Bechdel  

Alison Bechdel, a critically acclaimed comic artist and author, is one of five women leaders filmed this year by IWL Leadership Scholars as part of the Transforming Lives project conducted in partnership with Writers House Rutgers. Leadership Scholar Mimi Zander interviewed Alison at her home in Vermont and produced a short documentary called Inked: An Interview with Alison Bechdel  
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Calling All Women Leaders on the Western Front


The White House Project has some exciting leadership training opportunities for women in political and civil service out West. If you are in Colorado or Idaho and looking to hone your speaking skills, build your network or sharpen your general all-around leadership abilities, head over and see what our Western women have to offer.  


Denver Go Lead - Communications Training
Wednesday, May 18, 5:30-7:30 PM
Mile High United Way, 2505 18th Street, Denver, CO 80211
Cost: FREE! RSVP Here

Join The White House Project for "The Five Minute Speaker" easy strategies for making your speeches and presentations memorable. Trainers include: Rosemary Harris Lytle, Communications Director, ACLU of Colorado and Kathleen Hynes, ACLU Speakers Bureau.

For further information, please contact Katie Groke Ellis at or call 303-880-1374.

Idaho Go Lead
Saturday, May 21st, 9:00am-5:00pm

Boise State University, Boise, ID
Cost: $50, RSVP Here

Join The White House Project's Katie Groke Ellis in Boise for a day-long signature Go Lead training. We will cover messaging, how to pursue state and local commissions opportunities and the potential of women in leadership in Idaho and beyond. For more information contact Britt Ide at    


The First 100 Days of President Tiffany Dufu  


"In the last 100 days since I've had the privilege of taking the helm of this organization, we've begun the work to dramatically strengthen our impact. We have clearly identified ourselves as an organization committed to advancing women's leadership, in all communities, industries, backgrounds, in towns and cities across the country, for the sake of accelerating social progress. We have created a calendar of Vote, Run, Lead trainings across the country that will inspire, inform, and equip women like you to take leadership in your community..."
Read more from Tiffany Dufu's First 100 Days message here.  

Women's Sports Foundation

2011 ANNIKA Inspiration Award


Inspiration, athleticism, dedication, and leadership. Do you know a young girl that has demonstrated these traits and has truly inspired and encouraged people around her? If so, nominate her for the 2011 ANNIKA Inspiration Award, given by the partnership of the Women's Sports Foundation and golf great Annika Sorenstam's ANNIKA Foundation. The winner will win a trip attend the Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Gala on October 19, 2011 in New York City. For more details or to submit a nomination, click here.  

WOC Policy Network

A Look at SB 1070 and State-Level Immigration Efforts  


A year ago, Arizona passed one of the most restrictive anti-immigration bills in the nation: SB 1070. The bill criminalized undocumented individuals and sparked a trend of copycat legislation introduced in 30 states. The Women of Color Policy Network's latest policy brief, A Look at SB 1070 and State-Level Immigration Efforts, outlines the far-reaching implications of SB 1070 and similar legislation for immigrant women and their families. For more information, click here.



State-by-State: Social Security Vital to Women and Families  



As debate heats up on Capitol Hill about the federal budget, basic safety nets are increasingly under fire. Conservatives are taking aim at programs vital to women and their families - including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other key domestic programs - while proposing trillions of dollars in additional tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. To boost understanding of what these programs really mean to individuals and families, the National Women's Law Center has produced 50 fact sheets about the impact that Social Security has for women and their families in each state. For more information, click here.

K-12 Girls and STEM Disciplines - NCGS Symposium

June 21st at Wellesley College

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Can we do more to help girls move forward in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects? The answer is YES.

 Join the Natinoal Coalition of Girls' Schools at Wellesley College on June 21st as they convene experts on girls and STEM, both in and out of school time, public and private, to create and strengthen bridges between and among girls' schools, colleges, and the professional world.  

The all-day series of lectures and workshops: Advancing Girls in STEM: An NCGS STEM Symposium, is a don't miss opportunity for K-12 educators that will highlight nationally-renowned speakers, present original research, and share innovative ways to engage and retain girls in the STEM fields.

All are Welcome. *You do not need to be affiliated with a girls school.*

Visit the Symposium Agenda to view the full list of topics:

Be a part of the movement: Advance Girls in STEM.

June 21, 2011

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Register here:         


News from Beyond the Network 
Lamia Karim
A Feminist Critique of the Much-Lauded Microcredit Process in Bangladesh  

In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. In Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh, Lamia Karim offers a path-breaking study of gender, grassroots globalization, and neoliberalism in Bangladesh looks critically at the Grameen Bank and three of the leading NGOs in the country. Amid euphoria over the benefits of microfinance,  Karim offers a timely and sobering perspective on the practical, and possibly detrimental, realities for poor women inducted into microfinance operations. Karim is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Don't Miss The Op-Ed Project's Acclaimed Thought Leadership Program Coming to a City Near You! 

The Op-Ed Project Want to Change the World?


The OpEd Project invites you to participate in an innovative program to change the world's conversation, increase the visibility of women and other under-represented thought leaders in the public sphere - and increase your influence and impact in the world.

San Diego - May 21

Los Angeles - May 22

Chicago - June 11

Boston - June 14/15

New York - June 22/23

San Francisco - July 17

Washington, DC - July 23

Influence, Contribution, Thought Leadership

This highly interactive day-long seminar (which also grants one year of access to our national network of high-level media mentors) is based on experimental learning around thought leadership.  High stakes scenarios, interactive exercises, thought games and Socratic dialogue are employed to provoke and challenge participants to think more carefully and more expansively about their knowledge and experience, and their potential value in the world.  We explore the source of credibility and how to establish it; the patterns and elements of powerful argument; the difference between being "right" and being effective; how to preach beyond the choir, and how to think bigger about what you know-to have more influence and impact in the world.  Participants emerge with concrete results (op-ed draft or other form of concrete thought leadership), and access to our high-level media mentoring team.

*Interested?* Register here

*Questions?* Contact Senka:


Members of the National Council for Research on Women in good standing can access our special webinar with The Op-Ed Project's Katie Orenstein that was held April 27th by clicking here.