Women's Leadership

Is Oakland Ready? Jean Quan Hopes To Crack Mayoral Ceiling

If all politics is local, Oakland City Council member Jean Quan should get a fair shake in that town's mayoral race this year against former California state Senate leader Don Perata. Quan, one of 12 women to ever serve on the City Council (and the first Asian-American woman), hopes to give Perata a run for his money (and he is said to have much more of it than she) on the merits of her two-plus decades of community-oriented work in Oakland.

Legislative Gains For Women a Hopeful Trend

 By My Central Jersey


January 3, 2010



For the first time ever, New Jersey finds itself among the top 10 states for representation of women in its state

Legislature.That trend indicates real opportunities for women in accessing levers of power.

It's a trend that should also be fostered and encouraged.To put it simply, democracies are strongest when those in

public office reflect the diversity of their populations.That includes gender as well as race. Just five short years ago, New

Jersey was ranked 43rd in the United States in terms of female representation in its state Legislature. Since then, seven  

assemblywomen and two female senators were elected to bring the total to 38 among the state's 120 lawmakers.

Top Fund Managers of the Decade Nominees Reflect Scarcity of Women

December 14, 2009 Posted by Vivienne Heston-Demirel

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Eileen O'Neill: "The City of Women"

Eileen O'Neill delivering the closing remarks at the conference entitled "Women, Philosophy and History: A Celebration of Eileen O'Neill '75," held on October 2-3, 2009 at Barnard College.  

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Globe editorial


From Saturday's Globe and Mail, 


It's hard not to feel wistful in 2010 when recalling the excitement of the early 1970s, when feminism was becoming mainstream, women were demanding greater equality, and many young people believed they were building a new world without the limits that had constrained many of their mothers and grandmothers.

2010 - Seven Who Rewrite the Rules

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Profiles of seven outstanding leaders dedicated to improving women's lives: Michael Dowd, Patricia Gruber, Ilene Lang, Ana Langer, Tonya Lewis Lee, Sarwat Malik and Maria Do Socorro Melo Brandao.


Michael G. Dowd, Defender of Women with Charges

Michael G. Dowd

IN THE NEWS: Women's Roles in a Changing Economy

Posted November 13, 2009 by Vivienne Heston-Demirel

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Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership

The Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) advances Saint Mary's College's mission of “preparing students to make a difference in the world” by empowering women to realize their call to leadership and to develop the intercultural knowledge and competence critical in today’s increasingly interdependent world.  In the spirit of the College’s sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Cross, CWIL promotes human transformation and systemic change, from the local to the global context, by providing challenging, justice-based educational opportunities. 


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Notre Dame, IN 46556-5001
Ph. (574) 284-4051
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Elaine Meyer-Lee, Ed.D., Director, Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
Ph. (574) 284-4059
E-mail: meyerlee@saintmarys.edu

Mana Derakhshani, PhD., Associate Director, Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
E-mail: mana@saintmarys.edu

Alice Siqin Yang, PhD., Assistant Director, Global Education
Ph. (574) 284-4263
E-mail: syang@saintmarys.edu

Terra Sniadecki, M.S., International Student/Scholar Advisor and English Language School
E-mail: tsniadec@saintmarys.edu

Martha Smith, B.S., Project Director, Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative
E-mail: msmith@saintmarys.edu

Linda Biggins, M.S., Administrative Assistant
Ph. (574) 284-4051
E-mail: cwil@saintmarys.edu

Pamela Blair, Administrative Assistant
Ph. (574) 284-4061
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Intercultural Leadership

Community Connections (now called Intercultural Leadership) facilitated partnerships among students, faculty, and staff at Saint Mary’s College and diverse women leaders and organizations in the local community to create leadership and intercultural learning in a community context. The experience of community leaders and women’s organizations on the local and national level informed and enriched CWIL’s scholarship.  All of Community Connections work began in the complex and rich cultural world of our local community.  Through Community Connections, 16 programs were implemented that brought new connections, learning and research on women’s intercultural leadership to Saint Mary’s and the South Bend/ Michiana community.  Several of these programs stand out as regional and national models.
Going forward from July 2008, Community Connections has become Intercultural Leadership   that will integrate theory, action, and reflection with the goal of empowering students and women leaders to use diversity, gender and culture as a strength and resource in their leadership. Two of the key leadership programs– the intercultural leadership certificate and the women’s intercultural leadership workshops – are the results of the rich learning and connections made through those initial programs.

Global Education

The Global Education component of CWIL offers Saint Mary’s students three ways to engage with other cultures. First, we oversee and promote a variety of study abroad programs and a student travel grant fund to extend global learning beyond campus borders. Second, our international student services and student club, facilitate cross cultural connection among students on campus. Finally, we support interculturalization of our curriculum through faculty development and course work for study abroad returnees.


Reports & Resources

Akita, Kimiko

Hegemony and the sexual commodification of women in the Japanese media.  T. Carilli & J. Campbell (Eds.), Women in the media: Global perspectives. Lanham, MD: University Press of America., 2004.

Critical Ethnography of My Aunt's Suicide: Intergenerational Family Conflict in Japan.  Human Communication: A Journal of the Pacific and Asian Communication Association, 6 (1), 59-79. 2003.

A female teacher and sexual harassment in a Japanese women's junior college:  A case study.  Women and Language, 25 (1), 8-13.

Derry, Robin

“Disparate Treatment at Southern State.” Saint Louis: Emerson Center for Business Ethics, 2003.

Keating, Cricket

“Developmental Democracy and Its Inclusions: Globalization and the Transformation of Participation.”Signs. 29 (2004): 417-37.

Meléndez, Maria, ed.

Moon Won’t Leave Me Alone: Reflections on Identity, Family and Community. San Francisco: California Poets in the Schools, 2003.

An Illustrated Guide to Things Unseen, University of Arizona Press, September, 2006.

Comeback Wolves: Western Writers Welcome the Wolf Home, Johnson Books, Summer, 2005.

Nusair, Isis, contributor

Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. (forthcoming)

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. (forthcoming)

Rabéa Naciri. “The Integration of the Human Rights of Women from the Middle East and North Africa in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.” Denmark: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, 2003.

Yañez, Richard

El Paso del Norte. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2003.


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Intercultural Learning Grants

The Global Education component of the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership offers several types of competitive mini grants to the entire Saint Mary's community in order to support the intercultural dimension of learning across our campus.


Saint Mary’s College, a Catholic, four-year liberal arts institution for women located approximately 90 miles east of Chicago, established the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) through support of a Lilly Endowment, Inc. grant. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership seeks to increase awareness of the importance of intercultural dialogue in today’s world, to highlight the leadership roles women have adopted in such dialogue, and to foster the next generation of women leaders. In pursuit of these goals, the Center offers two different types of fellowships, which are joint appointments with academic departments.

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Interlocking activities between CWIL and the academic and student life programs is vital to the mission of Saint Mary’s College. Through the sponsorship of programs, projects, and events CWIL fosters mutual cooperation across the campus in the formation of women leaders, exploration of topics concerning intercultural realities and supporting the pedagogical innovations, artistic expression and educative facets of these efforts.


Girls Incorporated

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada.


120 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005-3902
Ph. (212) 509-2000
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Judy Vredenburgh, President & CEO

Pat Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer

Lynn Hepburn, Chief Development Officer

Catherine Cushinberry, Ph. D., Director of Research

Susan Houchin, Director of Administration

Andy Moore, Director of Information Technology

April Osajima, Director of Strategic Growth Projects

Brenda Stegall, Director of Program & Training Services

Veronica Vela, Director of Marketing & Communications

Andrea Wolf, Director of Public Policy

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Act now to ensure equal opportunity in sports!

Currently, girls receive 1.25 million fewer opportunities to play high school sports than boys. It is difficult for advocates to promote fairness in high school athletic programs because high schools are not required to report any data of their athletics programs to the public. Urge your legislators to support the High School Athletics Accountability Act of 2009.

In July 2009, Girls Inc. Chief Operating Officer Dr. Marcia Brumit Kropf testified at a Congressional hearing held by the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, a part of the Committee on Science and Technology. The hearing focused on examining current research findings, best practices, and the role of federal agencies in increasing the interest of girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in primary and secondary school.

Builds girls' skills and interest in science, math, and technology. Hands-on activities give girls the opportunity to explore, ask questions, and solve problems.
Helps girls identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy. The program fosters girls' communication skills, provides basic health education, and encourages girls to plan for the future through four age-appropriate components: Growing Together, Will Power/Won't Power, Taking Care of Business, and Health Bridge.
Teaches girls to analyze what they see and hear on television, film, and video. Girls learn to advocate for images they would like to see while gaining exposure to a range of entertainment careers.
Puts teenage girls in charge of helping younger girls avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by teaching healthy ways to confront peer pressure and manage stress.
Partners girls and women in community-action projects chosen by the girls, building leadership skills and creating lasting change.
Promotes girls' awareness of their physical safety and boundaries. Girls develop techniques for self-defense and violence prevention.


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Fact Sheets

Know Your Rights: An Action Kit for Girls 

This creative action kit contains twenty-five pages of activities and resources for girls of all ages to do individually, or with family or friends, that will help them understand, value and assert their rights. The activities deal with issues such as body image, community activism, careers, healthy risk-taking, and self-discovery.

Money Matters: An Economic Literacy Kit for Girls

The exercises in this action kit will help girls develop their skills by building on the knowledge and experience they already have dealing with money. Each section provides activities for understanding how money relates to a girl's life for her to do individually, or with family or friends.

In Their Own Words: Young Women Write About Their Lives

This is a collection of poems and stories by Girls Incorporated girls and young women who write with honesty and clarity about their experiences and ideas.

Luann Becomes a Woman

This entertaining and educational booklet, which includes cartoon strips created by nationally syndicated cartoonist Greg Evans, explains menstruation as a natural and positive event in a girl's life.

I Know My Rights Poster

This portrait of a young girl was photographed by Joan Beard and created by Plowshare group. Along with the title I know my rights, is included the "Girls' Bill of Rights", alongside the frame of the young girl.

Girls' Bill of Rights Poster

This poster lists the Girls Inc.® "Girls' Bill of Rights," which was adopted by the organization in 1945. In it's vibrant green colors, it blares the importance of these rights while informing you of them as well. (Printed by Merck, produced by Nickelodeon.)

Know Your Rights: An Action Kit for Girls

This creative action kit contains twenty-five pages of activities and resources for girls of all ages to do individually, or with family or friends, that will help them understand, value and assert their rights. The activities deal with issues such as body image, community activism, careers, healthy risk-taking, and self-discovery.

Girls Incorporated Identity Brochure

With programs that are grounded in research and tested in the field, our organization celebrates and empowers girls, and advocates for an equitable world.

Choosing Community: Girls Get Together to Be Themselves

This survey - which included a nationally representative sample of 1,933 public-school students in grades 3 through 12 and a nationally representative sample of 2,447 adults - focused on the role of girls' communities in supporting girls in exercising their right to be themselves and resist gender stereotypes.

No Turning Back: Milestones for Girls in the Twentieth Century

Edith B. Phelps, former national executive director of Girls Inc., recounts the tradition of action taken by women on behalf of girls in the twentieth century. With stories of her own struggles and successes, Phelps gives the reader an inside look at an astonishing period of social change and upheaval.

Taking the Lead: Girls' Rights in the 21st Century

In this nationally representative survey about girls' rights, girls have told us that they want this world for themselves. We asked two thousand girls and boys in grades 3 through 12 to tell us what rights girls have and don't have and how those rights shape girls' lives today and their hopes for the future.

Prevention and Parity: Girls in Juvenile Justice

Gives a general perception of the juvenile system and how girls tend to be ignored. Most literature is focused on boys, and this gives an insight to what needs to be fixed and changed.

What's Equal? Figuring Out What Works for Girls In Coed Settings

This report serves as an excellent resource for parents and educators committed to creating a non-sexist learning environment in which girls and boys can explore their full potential.

Past the Pink & Blue Predicament: Freeing the Next Generation from Sex Stereotypes

This report is a review and summary of research about gender. The booklet discusses ways that boys and girls differ and ways they do not, dispelling long-held myths about our nature as human beings. Research reveals how our society's preoccupation with gender differences plays a huge role in ensuring discrimination against the women and girls of tomorrow.


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Girls Incorporated Lucile Miller Wright Scholars Program

The Scholars Program was created in 1992 when Lucile Miller Wright, a long-time supporter of Girls Incorporated, made a bequest from her estate to fund scholarships expressly for young women members.

Since 1993, Girls Inc. has awarded $2.58 million in scholarships to 413 high school women. Multiple scholarships ($2,500 and $15,000) are awarded each year and may be applied to tuition and expenses at any accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. This is a private scholarship, open only to young women who are in the 11th or 12th grade and who are members of a Girls Incorporated affiliate.

The purpose of the Scholars Program is to make post-secondary education more accessible by offsetting the financial costs. Our goal is to inspire members to succeed in school and to consider a broad range of career possibilities.


Center for American Women & Politics

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.


191 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8557
Ph. (732) 932-9384
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Debbie Walsh, Director
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 227
E-mail: walsh@rci.rutgers.edu

Susan J. Carroll, Senior Scholar
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 235
E-mail: scarroll@rci.rutgers.edu

Katherine Kleeman, Senior Communications Officer
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 231
E-mail: kleeman@rci.rutgers.edu

Gilda Morales, Project Manager, Information Services
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 264
E-mail: gilda.morales@rutgers.edu

Susan Nemeth, Public Relations Specialist
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 229
E-mail: gsnemeth@rci.rutgers.edu

Kelly Dittmar, Assistant Research Professor
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 237
E-mail: kdittmar@rutgers.edu

Ruth B. Mandel, Board of Governors Professor of Politics and Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics
Ph. (732) 932-9384 Ext. 228
E-mail: ruth.mandel@rutgers.edu

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NEW Leadership™

A national bi-partisan program developed by CAWP to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics. The six-day residential summer institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena.

Ready to Run™

A national network of candidate recruitment and training programs committed to electing more women to public office.

Teach a Girl to Lead™

In 2011, President Obama challenged the nations of the world to take action to encourage women's public leadership. In response, a dozen nations, along with the U.S., have joined in the global Equal Futures Partnership launched by Secretary Clinton in 2012, with each country making plans to encourage women to participate fully in public life and to lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth. Teach a Girl to Lead™ is a new initiative from the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to support and expand civic learning and engagement opportunities for girls and young women.

Pathways to Politics

Pathways to Politics brings teen-age Girl Scouts from around the nation to CAWP for two weeks to learn about women's political participation. In July 2008, CAWP hosted the third Pathways to Politics, building on successful programs in 2004 and 2006. Pathways is a collaboration between CAWP and the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey under the national Girl Scout "Destinations" program.


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Lipman Chair

The Lipman Chair was created to honor the legacy of the late state senator, the first African American woman in the New Jersey legislature (full biography available here). The Chair was established in 2000 when Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed legislation that had been sponsored by the legislative leaders in both parties and passed in both houses without opposition. The Legislature has generously continued its support for the Lipman Chair.

CAWP Leadership Awards for Douglass Residential College Students

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, recognizes the accomplishments and leadership potential of students from Douglass Residential College with three annual awards. Each award winner receives a cash prize and a certificate.

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