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90 years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was signed into law.  On August 26, 1920, at 8 a.m, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed the proclamation which stated:

Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

The amendment is often referred to as the Susan B. Anthony amendment.  After almost a century of fighting for the vote for women, the suffrage movement finally prevailed.  Since its official founding at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 the movement fought against the economic and political subjugation of women.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Carrie Chapman Catt, Alice Stone Blackwell, Alice Paul and so many other remarkable women would not rest until women achieved the right to vote.

Many people do not realize that Victoria Woodhull had the audacity to run for President of the United States in 1872, 48 years before the 19th Amendment became law.

Today we celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment becoming the law of the land, however, we must also remember that 90 years later only 17% of Congress is female, approximately 3% of the CEO’s of the fortune 500 are women, and 20% of the op-ed’s in national newspapers are written by women.  There is still much to do.

Category : News | Women | Blog

This past week marked the end of our internship program for our final 3 summer interns: Arielle Algarin, CUNY Macaulay Honors College ‘12, Roya Nazarian, Barnard College ‘12, and Ali Carr, Barnard College ‘11. We would like to show our appreciation and extreme gratitude for all of their efforts and hard work! We may be full of cake, but we’re never full of recognizing achievements!  Check out only SOME of the enormous contributions these wonderful women have given to the Woodhull Community:


-Wrote tons of outreach letters and facilitated partner discounts!

-Set up our Registration forms for our Fall Seminars! View them/Register here!


- Check out Arielle’s weekly news updates! July 9July 17July 23 July 31August 8


- Blogged about her experience in Israel! Read her article here!

- Created our “Causes” page on facebook! Check it out and spread the word!


If you are interested in applying for a fall or winter internship with us, please see our internship program!
Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog

By Lori Sokol, Woodhull Alumna

Originally published in The Newswomen’s Club of NY’s Blog on August 23, 2010

Illustration by Tracey Berglund

The media frenzy over actress Portia de Rossi seeking to change her name to Portia DeGeneres is sure to infuriate long-standing feminists who have fought long and hard for women to keep their maiden names. Or not?

The issue of marital name change can strike near to the hearts of women journalists who often struggle when they marry with whether to give up the bylines that they’ve worked hard at establishing.

De Rossi, 37, recently filed a petition in a Los Angeles court to legally take the last name of her famous same-sex partner, Ellen DeGeneres. California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma introduced a bill that would make California the seventh state to give married spouses and domestic partners equal opportunity to take their surname of choice. Ma says the proposal is really about “equality in relationships.”

But would pioneering feminists like Lucy Stone agree?


Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Women | Blog

by Deborah Grayson Riegel, Woodhull Alumna

Originally posted to The Jewish Week on August 20th, 2010

Deborah Grayson Riegel

I’ve heard some great one-liners in my life that have driven me to the kind of laughter that makes my lungs ache. Brilliant observations by Chris Rock, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have made me burst into giggles that speed up, slow down, stop…and then pick right back up again, sometimes for days. But few lines made me giggle as long as the innocent observation made about me by a fellow Little League mom sitting next to me in the bleachers:

“With what you do for a living, I guess you never fight at home.”

Excuse me. I think I still need another minute to recover from that one.

Yes, I am a professional coach and facilitator who helps people and organizations communicate more effectively and improve their personal and professional relationships. So, one might assume that I am the Mistress of Interpersonal Communications and Queen of Human Relationships, keeping conflict at bay with my Superpowers: finely honed listening skills, profound curiosity, and genuine compassion for how people feel.

Yes, one might assume that. And one would be wrong. Dead wrong.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Living | Blog

Originally posted to my blog ReelGirl on August 15th, 2010

I’m thrilled that Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, Vaughn Walker, lifted his temporary stay on his brilliant ruling striking down Prop 8. His eloquent, almost 140 page decision is now a part of America’s history of civil rights and makes me proud to be a San Franciscan.

My Wedding pic

I disagree with one major point Walker made: his implication that allowing gays to marry doesn’t affect heterosexual unions. On the contrary, I believe his decision profoundly and permanently pushes all marriages’ potential much further towards something sacred.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Living | Blog

by Natalie Gratkowski, Woodhull Alumna

GO GO GO…that’s been my mentality since, well, a while. Don’t get me wrong. I’m an “expert” on meditation, or rater its philosophy.  I find that sitting in my yoga class, I can do quite well in meditation, which my yoga teacher attributes to a collective energy, but on top of that I think it’s also because it correlates with a school like environment. Ever since kindergarten I have had the understanding that school is a responsibility and you do your best because it is important. That’s me. I give 110% when something is important.  And let me mention that I consider myself pretty well rounded- in that my goals span many areas mainly academic, professional, spiritual, personal and social. They are all important and they all require grit and systematized effort. Obviously, I have a planner.  And a compartmentalized life, well, its effective if you are on a deadline but from time to time an internal voice steps in and reminds me to slow down, even if just a tad bit.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Living | Blog

By Melissa Cober
Published in WE Magazine for Women on August 15th, 2010

In today’s world, women have made many wonderful advances as leaders in their countries, businesses, and communities. However, despite the fact that women currently dominate the field of higher education, the overwhelming majority of powerful leadership positions are still held by men. Moreover, women that have broken this barrier often feel that helping other women will undermine their own successes. Women leaders clearly face unique challenges in their battle upwards; The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership exists to respond to these challenges.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Woodhull in the News | Blog

In a recent interview with Magazine Editor,  Taiia Smart Young she shares her secrets to have a great career, loving family, and the importance of “ME” time.


Q. What is your current position?

A. I am the Managing Editor of XXL Magazine, which is the nation’s number one Hip- Hop magazine and I am the Senior Editor of Juicy Magazine, both magazines are Harris Publications.

Q. Can you please describe to us what your responsibilities entail?

A. Sure, as Managing Editor, I am responsible for all administrative and editorial decisions. I ensure that the magazine is published on time, within budget and all our deadlines are met.  Editorially, I make sure that the reader comes away with the story that is relevant to our brand.  As, Senior Editor of Juicy magazine, I pitch, write, and edit stories that are based on African- American and Latino celebrities.

Q. You are on the top of your career now, How long did it take you to reach this level of success?


Category : Living | Blog

On August 19, 2010- the non- profit organization Fashion Fights Cancer will host its first event at the Audi Forum at 250 Park Avenue in NYC from 6:30pm – 11:30pm. The fashion and shopping event hosted by recording artist, actress, and model, Suzy Malick,  and a special guest appearance will be made by Casey Gillespie, Editor and Chief of Zink Magazine. The night’s event will feature ten of the world’s leading fashion designers including Tadashi Shoji, Whistle Flute and Byron Lars; the designers will showcase pieces from their current collection, and these pieces will be available for purchase at the sample sale event.

Proceeds will benefit I’m Too Young for Cancer Foundation and The Cancer Research Institute. General admission tickets are $50.00 and a portion of the ticket price will go toward the purchase of any item available at the sample sale. VIP tickets are $250. Both general and VIP tickets can be purchased at the official website: fashionfightscancer.com.

So, come out and be a fashionista for the evening it is for a great cause!

Category : Events | News | Blog
woman at construction site wearing a white tshirt, sunglasses, and hard hat

Image: Seattle Municipal Archives Flickr

Attractive people usually have it good in our society, and that’s not any less true in the world of work. In the past few weeks, beauty in the workplace has been cropping up in the news left and right.

For starters, research by Newsweek confirmed, yet again, what many have known for years: “in all elements of the workplace, from hiring to politics to promotions, even, looks matter, and they matter hard.”

Here’s a look at some of the stats:

  • 68% of managers believe attractiveness is a factor when measuring job performance.
  • 39% of managers believe that attractiveness is more of an advantage for women than men.
  • Of nine attributes, looks ranked third in importance, while education came in fourth.


Category : Careers | News | Women | Blog
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