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Thanks to everyone who came out for our Holiday Party!
If you didn’t get a chance to come out with us on Wednesday night, keep an eye out for more Alumnae gatherings in 2011– such as our Alumnae Retreat January 14-16th! Apply today!
Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Events | News | Blog

Our Intrepid Journeywoman Treks Into the Wild to Find–and Redeem–Guys’ Vanishing Sense of Self

by Emily Johnson, Woodhull Alumna

“Are men the new women? If that means claiming their power and balancing their need for relationships with other goals, would that be so bad?”

Read Full Article Here!

Category : News | Blog

Originally published in Financial Profundities on September 28th

By now, you probably know that President Obama has

selected Elizabeth Warren to oversee the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Like the major financial agencies that came before it (e.g., FDIC, Glass-Steagall (repealed in 1999) and the SEC), the CFPB is being created to correct policy ills that contributed to an economic crisis. With the CFPB, Ms. Warren has an opportunity to do what wasn’t done after the formation of these other agencies.

Personally, I think she is perfect for the role and the new agency’s mission, and I hope she eventually gets nominated and confirmed to actually lead CFPB. She has the perfect combination of knowledge, political savvy, and passion, ingredients she’ll definitely need as she takes on the unenviable and monumental task of fixing things that are broken while building things we aren’t even yet aware of needing. What Prof. Warren is preparing to do on a policy level is exactly what you and I need to do on a personal level: reflect, react and re-envision.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Living | News | Blog

by Lori Sokol, Woodhull Alumna

Originally published in The New Agenda on September 3rd, 2010 & in The Huffington Post on September 7th, 2010.

On Tues. Aug. 31, after more than seven years of war, President Obama officially ended the U.S. combat mission in Iraq. It’s something to celebrate, the end of a war, except for the 4,746 deceased American combatants for whom this decision has come too late.

So how do we learn from this experience of the wasted and lost lives of mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons, in a war where questions still remain as to why it was ever launched in the first place? Simple. Ask a woman.


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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

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

Weekly Wrap Up – August 6, 2010


FEATURED STORY: Wednesday, Judge Walker ruled in the U.S. Appeals Court that California’s Proposition 8, was fundamentally unconstitutional.  Justice Walker saw the legislation as state sanctioned discrimination and stated that the supporters of Prop. 8, did not provide sufficient evidence as to why the legislation was necessary. Walker refused to accept the argument of that gay couples could not naturally reproduce and provide natural homes for children, an argument that invalidates the many different types of families that exist in our culture.

Read More about Prop 8, The Supreme Court, Women’s Rights Around the World, Immigration, Reproductive Autonomy, Women in the Workforce …


Category : News | Blog

Weekly News Wrap Up – July 30, 2010

FEATURED STORY: Is being confirmed to the Supreme Court harder if you are a woman?

Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont) has recently made comments comparing the confirmation process of the two recent females nominated to the Supreme Court (Sonia Sotomayor , Elena Kagan) and that of the males nominated during the Bush presidency.  These comparisons are leading many to question if the differences, mostly in the time and intensity invested in the process, are the result of the candidates’ sexes. Read Article Here

Read More about Women’s Rights around the World, the Economy, The Supreme Court & How Women are Challenging Tradition…


Category : News | Blog

Weekly News Wrap Up — July 23, 2010


FEATURED STORY: “The End of Men”?

Writer Hanna Rosin argues in The Atlantic, that the ‘age of men’ is coming to an end, that it is no longer more desirable to have male children or even to be a man.  It seems, from her analysis, that it is more pragmatic to be a woman in today’s economy and in the future of the global community.  Although there continue to be alarming gaps and favoritism for the male sex, itcan be argued that society is changing, being a woman is a powerful. Rosin’s article is at the very least, incredibly thought provoking.  Read Article Here
In a critique of Rosin’s article, an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times agrees that there is a definite change in the role of women and composition of the American economy and society.  However, the article asks us to not to see this change as the ‘end of men,’ but as the beginning of a time where there is true equality between the sexes.  Read Article Here
Read more on Women & Racism, the Economy, the Military, the Supreme Court & Global Women’s Rights…
Category : News | Blog
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