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Feminist Majority Foundation/

Ms. Magazine

Fall 2006 East Coast Interns




Intern Event


The Feminist Majority Foundation held a Young Women’s Leadership regional conference at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland and it was a great success! Young women from 7 states attended the Saturday conference to gain leadership, fundraising and public speaking skills.

FMF President Eleanor Smeal opened the conference with an informative update on the November election results. She urged the young, college women to run for leadership positions on campus and discussed the disparity between young men and women in positions of power on college campuses. Smeal went further to tell the women that political equality begins on the college campus and needs to be used in the quest for political power on the city level, state level, and beyond.

Students had the opportunity to hear from Lynn Fredriksson, Amnesty International about the crises in Darfur, and April Dukes of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, spoke about domestic reproductive rights. Current and former FMLA members and officers participated in a panel discussion focusing on their experiences in college as feminist activists. The evening ended with a Ms. magazine reception with members of the community.

Young women from Goucher College, American University, James Madison University, McDaniel College, Shepard University, the University of Delaware, Towson University, Temple University and Kutztown University all attended this conference, and left with skills to bring back to their campus, and beyond.



Intern Bios


Elaine Heberlein

Elaine is a senior at the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Anthropology with an emphasis in women's issues. Elaine's main project while interning at FMF was to create an Education and Action Kit on the Murders of Women in Ciudad Juarez, creating fact-sheets that will become part of FMF's Standing with Our Sisters Campaign.

Marian Arante

Marian attends the University of California, Irvine, where she is double majoring in Anthropology and International Studies with an emphasis on Global Society and Institutions. At the FMF, she collaborated with the Ms. magazine staff to compile feminist inspired country profiles on Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico for the third annual Ms. cruise. She also wrote for the online global news, attended press conferences and events, and contacted women’s rights leaders in an attempt to gain support and funding for Ms.



Rachel Fugate

Rachel is a senior at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, majoring in Communication Studies.  While interning at FMF, she helped write the daily news, create FMLA’s for high school students and assisted in planning the National Young Women’s Leadership Conference.  Her most memorable moment was seeing Hillary Clinton speak at a press conference on the minimum wage.  

Lauren Schneiderman

Lauren is a junior at Goucher College in Baltimore, majoring in International relations, political science and women’s studies. She also helped plan the National Young Women’s Leadership Conference, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Young Women’s Leadership regional conference, which was held at her school.


Stephanie Ng

Stephanie is a sophomore at George Washington University, majoring in women’s studies with a minor in political science and classical studies. As an intern at FMF, she helped plan the National Young Women’s Leadership Conference, which will take place in March.



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