Briefing on the Hyde Amendment report release - September 22, 2010
The Center for Reproductive Rights held a briefing on the Hill for the release of their report, Whose Choice? How the Hyde Amendment Harms Poor Women. A number of speakers, including Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), discussed the burden that the Hyde Amendment places on low-income and disadvantaged women and called for its repeal.
Ladder to the Top: Shattering the Glass Ceiling - September 23, 2010
Women’s Campaign Forum held this event at the National Museum for Women in the Arts to celebrate and support women in elected positions, many of whom were present. It also served as a forum to inspire women of all parties to run for public office.
Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear - October 30, 2010
Comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert of “Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” fame held a rally on the National Mall, which drew tens of thousands or more of attendees. Attendees dressed in costumes and carried humorous signs espousing the value of moderation and level-headedness in political dialogue. Though the FMF interns couldn’t see the stage from their position in the crowd, the atmosphere and humor of the event made up for it!
Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues meetings
These meetings are held once a month, and are partially run by FMF’s expert on education equity, Sue Klein. Each meeting features two guest speakers on topics ranging from Iranian women’s struggle for independence to the pay gap in the United States and its detrimental affects on women.
Midterm Election night - November 2, 2010
The FMF staff stayed at the office to monitor and post the election results throughout the evening.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: I am more than a profile - November 16, 2010
The current intern class at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights held an event for other DC interns on the problem of religious profiling. The speakers discussed profiling faced by Sikhs and Muslims in the United States, while the interns engaged in a dialogue about racial, ethnic, and religious profiling.
CEDAW Hearing - November 18, 2010
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on ratifying the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. A huge line formed waiting for the doors of the hearing room to open, and though FMF interns just missed getting seats in the hearing room, afterwards we met panel speakers like actor Geena Davis (A League of Their Own, Thelma and Louise) and Wazhma Frogh of the Afghan Women’s Network.
WIFLE Human Trafficking Seminar - November 30, 2010
The FMF staff and interns assisted the Women in Federal Law Enforcement who hosted this annual seminar at the Embassy of France. The day long event consisted of several speakers and presentations focusing on the sexual exploitation of children.