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Summer 2006 East Coast Interns




Intern Event

"Taking the Lead: from Campus to Congress"

Left to Right: Kamaria Campbell, Lisa Hilt, Jenny Lee, Deanna Lesht, Lauren Wallace, Shana Carignan, Nina Moreci, and Amy Levenberg

Taking the Lead


Guest Speakers

Left to Right: Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Jennifer Owens, Student Government President at Howard University, Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Hilda Solis, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.


Feminists Gather to Promote Women's Leadership

Leading women members of Congress spoke about women's leadership on July 26 at an event on Capitol Hill organized by Feminist Majority Foundation interns. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Hilda Solis, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney addressed a full room during the Taking the Lead: From Campus to Congress event. The event also featured Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) president Eleanor Smeal and Howard University Student Association (HUSA) president Jennifer Owens. FMF interns also presented preliminary research on women's leadership on college campuses to an audience of mostly young women.

Delivering a reality check, FMF interns shared their preliminary results from a survey of over 150 colleges and universities, examining the roles that women take in student government leadership. The preliminary results are alarming: only one in every four schools had a woman president. More encouragingly, over half of the schools had a women vice-president, HUSA president Owens confirmed this, saying that Howard usually sees student government tickets with a male president running with a female vice-president. Owens decided to run for the highest seat, however, because she had a vision for her campus and quickly saw that no one else was working for the changes she thought were necessary. She encouraged the young women present to get involved in leadership, reminding them, “Do not doubt yourself… Be yourself. You know that what you're doing is right in the end.”

The elected members of Congress spoke from their own experiences and reminded young women that leadership qualities need to be developed early on. Senator Boxer spoke of the struggles that earlier feminists endured to ensure the status that women enjoy today, but emphasized that there is more to win. Congresswoman urged young women to get out and “stir the pot” by encouraging feminists to run, registering women to vote, and voting. At the last minute, Congresswoman Barbara Lee was tied up in a committee meeting and unable to attend. She sent her summer intern to read her motivating speech. Finally, Congresswoman Maloney spoke personally about her experiences challenging a male incumbent and gaining the confidence necessary to develop into the leader she is today.

Taking the Lead is part of FMF's Feminization of Power campaign, a project designed to encourage women of all ages to participate in leadership and to change the face of power. “Young people who go into government get active in college,” Smeal said, encouraging young feminists to run for student government. Congresswoman Maloney closed with her advice to young women: “If you don't like the system, you have to take some responsibility [for] changing it.”






Around the Office



Intern Bios

Lisa Hilt

Jenny Lee
Lisa is a second year graduate student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, majoring in Public Policy and Administration. Her concentration is on International Policy, specifically issues affecting women in developing countries. As an FMF intern, Lisa worked on FMF's Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls, wrote Global News stories, and assisted with other FMF projects.
Jenny is a third-year at the University of Virginia, studying Foreign Affairs and Psychology. During her internship at FMF, she worked on the Save Title IX campaign and for the National Center for Women in Policing and the National Clinic Access Project. One of her favorite projects involved working on the Law Enforcement Briefing on anti-abortion violence held in Jackson, Mississippi.
Lauren Wallace
Deanna Lesht
Lauren is a senior at West Virginia University, double majoring in Political Science and Women's Studies. She is the president of her campus Female Equality Movement, an FMF affiliate. At FMF, Lauren's research helped put the 2006 Get Out Her Vote Campaign into full swing, among other projects as well.
Deanna is a junior at Kenyon College in Ohio with a major in Religious Studies with a concentration on Islam. Her intern projects include Sanitary Napkin Availability in the Middle East, Global Voices in the Middle East, Feminist Books and USAID.
Kamaria Campbell
Nina Moreci (pictured with Eleanor Smeal)
Kamaria is a junior at Duke University, majoring in Computer Science. With FMF, she worked on the Save Title IX Campaign. With Ms. Magazine, she worked on Ms. Magazine web projects, cataloging back issues of the magazine, as well as updating Wikipedia information for FMF and Ms.
Nina is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville in Kentucky with a major in Women's Studies. She worked on marketing/ advertising with Ms. Magazine. Her favorite memory is of the Take Back America Conference.
Shana Carignan
Amy Levenberg
Shana is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she double majored in Women's and Gender Studies and Political Science. Her goal is to stay in non-profits. At FMF, she updated web postings, helped create webpages, wrote national news for the website, and designed graphics.
Amy is a junior at Duke University in North Carolina with a double major in History and Women's Studies. She interned with Ms. Magazine. Her most memorable experience this summer was the Take Back America conference, where the Ms. interns introduced people to the magazine and got to see speakers Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and John Kerry.
Kolbe Franklin
Tiffany Stokes
Kolbe is a junior at Middlebury College in Vermont, a long way from her home in Charlotte, NC. Her major is International Studies with Anthropolgy and Sociology minors. She is spending the next semester study abroad in Argentina. She worked on the Global campaign with a focus on Latin America.


Tiffany is a senior at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina where she is a double major in Women's Studies and Spanish. With FMF, she specilaized in research for Belize and Mexico, prepared country files for the Ms. Cruise, and the Global Voices Campaign. From her internship, she says that she felt like she was in the heart of the women's movement, making a greater impact and learning how to take it back to her feminist campus group.



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