My name is Alexis and I am a nonprofit leadership and development intern for RepresentWomen, as well as a second-year graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in International Peace Development. What brought me to RepresentWomen was being able to join a team that helps serve the underserved and help reform broken systems. I hope to learn how to effectively run a nonprofit and learn about different ways of campaigning that I can take with me to my future career. My future career goal is to open and run orphanages in conflict zones to protect children from trafficking or recruitment. I hope to take with me from this internship leadership, advocacy, and what it means to actively fight against and reform broken systems.
Posted on Blog on February 12, 2021
Though women in power are not a monolith, I have been thinking a lot this week about the value of women leaders, and so I was glad to find this article by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in the The Independent at the the top of my Google Alerts: From the swearing-in of US Vice President Kamala Harris to the Estonian Parliament selecting a female prime minister – champions of women’s rights have had much to celebrate in recent weeks. Yet despite women’s increased engagement in public life, equality remains a distant target.
Posted on Blog on February 05, 2021
I have always felt a little conflicted about Black History Month and Women's History Month. On the one hand there is a risk of ignoring the many contributions of women and African Americans during the remaining 11 months but on the other hand it's an opportunity to focus on true American leaders who have set the stage for the work we are doing now. Claudette Colvin, interviewed by Roni Jacobson for Teen Vogue, explains her pivotal & pioneering role in the civil rights movement:
Posted on Blog on January 29, 2021
The Biden Harris administration is moving quickly to enact policies that will address the unfolding economic & healthcare crises in the United States while also assembling a cabinet and senior leadership team that better reflects America. My piece in The Fulcrum this week explores leadership positions for women in the new administration:
Posted on Blog on January 22, 2021
This week's inauguration of a new administration was at once a testimony to the power of our democratic traditions and an embrace of new voices & diverse leadership. According to this piece by columnist Monica Hesse in The Washington Post, American democracy has finally passed the Bechdel test with Justice Sonia Sotomayer swearing in our nation's first woman vice president, Kamala Harris: The promise of a Joe Biden presidency was a return to normalcy, but 62 seconds of Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony were quietly revolutionary. Not the soar of Amanda Gorman’s poem, or the thunderous power of Lady Gaga using a golden microphone to belt the national anthem. In a ceremony filled with artistic creations specifically designed to arouse emotions of patriotism and pride, the 62 seconds that did so most effectively were from a bland, scripted oath of office, administered with the same exchange of words for more than a hundred years. But never between two women.
Posted on Blog on January 15, 2021
Next week, Kamala Harris will become the first woman in our nation's history to take the oath of office to serve as vice president of these United States. The leadership team that she and president-elect Joe Biden have assembled is the most diverse in history. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate the new cabinet will be majority people of color and gender balanced, according to this story on CNN.com: President-elect Joe Biden on Friday introduced key nominees for his economic and jobs team, including Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo for commerce secretary and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh for labor secretary. The two picks mark the completion of Biden's announcements for his Cabinet secretary nominees, and come less than two weeks from the President-elect's inauguration.
Posted on Blog on January 08, 2021
While we don't yet know the short-term consequences of Wednesday's rampage on the Capitol we do know a few things: women Senate staffers had the presence of mind to grab the mahogany boxes containing certified presidential results from the states & carry them to safety, the police and others assigned to protect our elected representatives & our democratic process failed to do so, and the polarization caused by our winner take all politics is dangerous. Individuals must be held accountable for their actions, but we must also redesign the institutions that drive the animus that has become commonplace and reached an apex on Wednesday. Individuals elected in single member districts with plurality winner rules have very few incentive to work with fellow lawmakers to reach policy outcomes that benefit the majority of voters. And the winner take all rules in these single winner districts make nearly all Congressional districts safe for one party and for the incumbents who hold those seats. Events from this week are a stunning reminder that we must build institutions that represent the people they serve.
Posted on Blog on December 30, 2020
Today marks the 70th anniversary of my parents' wedding in the same Quaker meetinghouse where my grandparents & great grandparents were married and where I was married half a century later...the title for the news clipping from The Washington Post sums up the era - "Philadelphia Girl, Huntington Terrell To Wed" - fortunately, we have made a lot of progress toward women's equality over the last seventy years but there is still work to be done....