National Young Feminist Leaders Conference 2011:
From March 12-14, 2011, the Feminist Majority Foundation held their annual National Young Feminist Leaders Conference for 2011. Speakers included: Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation; Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff, First Lady Michelle Obama & Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls; Secretary Hilda Solis, Secretary of United States Department of Labor; Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressional Delegate, District of Columbia; Rep. Donna Edwards, Maryland's 4th Congressional District; Rep. Gwen Moore, Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District; and Steph Herold, Activist and Founder, "I Am Dr. Tiller" The interns helped to sell merchandise at the feminist store, photographed and interviewed participants, coordinated volunteers, and made sure that there were plenty of water bottles for each conference seminar.
Lobby Day on Capitol Hill:
On the final day of the NYFLC, the interns watched as many young feminists from the conference attended meetings with their government representatives about issues important to them and their community. This was crucial as it occurred around the budget crisis and the height of the movement to defund Title X projects. The interns also helped to debrief these young feminists and helped them process their experience at the conference.
Monthly Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues:
On the last Tuesday of every month, the interns would attend the Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues at Dupont Circle. We would listen to amazing speakers, including Ann Hopkins, Peggy Mastroianni, Amy Taylor, and Leslie Cameron, on the subjects of the Sexualization of Young Girls, Equal Employment Opportunity, the effect of Catholic Hospitals on American Healthcare, and the recent success of the campaign against the defunding of Planned Parenthood.
Press Conference for Rumsfeld Filing:
The interns attended the press conference suing the present and former defense secretaries on the issue of sexual assault in the military. Eleanor Smeal spoke at this press conference and the interns recorded her speech.
Women, Money, Power Conference 2011: From April 7-9th the interns worked on the annual Women, Money, Power conference. which gathers feminists together to brainstorm on how to promote global equality and empowerment. The interns were able to listen to speeches by Nancy Pelosi, Liz Shuler, Dolores Huerta, and Shirin Ebadi.
Other events: Tour of the Whitehouse, Lunch with Nancy Pelosi, and North Carolina Campus Tour.