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March 23 marks the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And on Monday, March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments on the law’s constitutionality. As these significant dates draw nearer and as critics continue to call the law’s value into question, it’s worth reminding ourselves just what the ACA has already done for millions of young Americans — and how it will help so many more when it is fully implemented.

The law

  • Requires group health plans and insurers to make dependent coverage available for young adults until they turn 26, regardless of student status or financial support from their parents. As a result, 1.1 million young adults ages 19–25 were extended coverage under their parents’ benefits from 2009 to 2010.
  • Expands Medicaid to cover more people. The upcoming expansion in Medicaid will cover millions more Americans living just above the poverty line who find health insurance prohibitively expensive.

Research demonstrates how the odds of having access to insurance coverage are especially stacked against young women. Women benefit tremendously from the ACA. Through several of its provisions, the law

  • Covers preventive treatments with no co-pays. Many women forego preventive treatments such as breast cancer screenings or Pap smear tests because of the costs of these procedures. The law will also grant women access to contraceptives without co-pays or cost-sharing.
  • Prevents insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. For women, that could include being pregnant, having given birth via cesarean section, or being a survivor of domestic violence and receiving treatment for the abuse.

Americans cannot continue to refuel our economy as productive members of the workforce if they are sick, saddled with health care costs, or — in the case of young women — blatantly discriminated against by their insurance providers. As we mark the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage, it’s important to recall the law’s remarkable progress in fixing a broken health care system that, for too long, has cost too much and served too few.

As the Supreme Court case and other implementation decisions unfold, women and young people should agree that making sure the ACA reaches its full potential is something that is worth fighting for.

This post was written by AAUW Public Policy Intern Julie Seger.

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A man threw a glass bottle toward my student’s head last week after she ignored his catcalls near Lehigh and Broad [in Philadelphia]. As a result, her father has discouraged her from attending our after-school program because she has to walk to and from the train alone.

Nuala Cabral, one of the co-organizers of International Anti-Street Harassment Week (March 18–24), posted this quote on Facebook recently. This upsetting story illustrates the negative outcome that gender-based street harassment has on the people who experience it.

From catcalls to sexually explicit comments, public masturbation, stalking, and even assault, pervasive, worldwide street harassment limits victims’— especially young women’s — access to public spaces.

Instead of being seen as the human rights issue that it is, street harassment is normalized, twisted into being seen as a compliment, or blamed on the people who are harassed because of where they were or what they were wearing. That’s why a week of awareness is necessary — to break down the stereotypes, cut through the normalization of the problem, and allow people worldwide to join forces and speak out.

From March 18 to 24, more than 100 groups from 17 countries and thousands of people worldwide will speak out together. From organizing rallies and street theater to hosting documentary screenings and discussions to online activism, our voices will be heard.

Join us:

1. Talk about street harassment with your friends, family, co-workers, classmates, and neighbors. Share your stories with them.

2. Raise awareness online.

  • Change your Facebook profile picture to the Anti-Street Harassment Week logo (see example on the right, or visit the tools page of our website to access logos in 13 languages).
  • Write and post a street harassment story on your blog, Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook.
  • Tweet about street harassment using the hashtag #EndSHWeek. Participate in the #SheParty chat about street harassment that the Women’s Media Center is hosting on March 21 at 3 p.m. EDT.
  • Write an article, op-ed, or blog post about street harassment. Check out our idea guide, which includes instructions and a special offer from the Op-Ed Project, for inspiration.

3. See if there is offline action planned in your area, and if there is, join in. If there’s not, consider hosting your own. Add your event to the map so that others in your area can find out about it.

  • Engage your community. Hold an awareness-raising event or rally, hand out fliers on the street, or do sidewalk chalk messaging. Show a relevant documentary or hold a speak-out at the event to generate awareness and discussion. See our idea guide for more inspiration.
  • Evaluate your community. Conduct a survey or a community safety audit, or create a mapping project to document where street harassment occurs. Check out our idea guide for other opportunities.
  • Educate your community. If you’re a teacher, coach, mentor, or leader, talk to your students about street harassment. See our idea guide for other ways you can get involved.

In Washington, D.C., there are eight events planned. One will be held at AAUW on Thursday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m. AAUW Community Action Grantee Collective Action for Safe Spaces (formerly known as Holla Back DC!) will host a discussion about sexual harassment on the Metro, the subway system here in D.C. Staff members from the transit authority plan to attend.

No action is too small to make a difference. Let’s make all public spaces safe for everyone.

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Just the other day, I was talking with a classmate, and somehow we ended up on the topic of graduate school. As a junior in college, the time for deciding if grad school is the direction I want to choose is getting closer and closer every day. After talking with others, I realized that there are a lot of us who are unsure whether graduate school is for right for us. But after doing some research, I realized that more women than ever before are seeking graduate degrees. In fact, the Center for Education Statistics projected that 297,000 women will earn master’s degrees in 2011–12 — an increase of more than 30,000 in the last decade.

Given current economic trends and the lack of pay equity between women and men, a graduate education is a clear way for women in the workforce to upgrade their skills. Women now earn more advanced degrees than men, which could give them an edge in the job search process. In addition, women with master’s degrees will make $400,000 more over their lifetimes than those who only have bachelor’s degrees.

Higher income is not the only benefit of attending graduate school, however. AAUW Director of Leadership Programs Kate Farrar, who has a master’s in public administration, said, “The greatest benefits of graduate school for me were to gain specific skills for nonprofit management and to gain a network of peers committed to public service.” AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Jessica Kelly, who is finishing up her master’s, explained that grad school has provided her with a unique opportunity to learn new theories in class and put them into practice in an assistantship.

Still not sure of the benefits that grad school could offer you? The Graduate School Fair at the 2012 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) allows students to interact face-to-face with administrators to make personal connections and to explore the opportunities at these schools. Last year, attendees learned about 60 schools in just two hours. “I think it’s excellent,” said Rachel Kelly, a 2011 attendee. “I’m so excited NCCWSL has this available to us, because when else would you have so many grad schools at your disposal?”

The second annual Graduate School Fair at this year’s conference will be even bigger and better! Expect schools such as Johns Hopkins University and Duquesne University, both of which also participated last year. I can’t wait to explore what they have to share!

For more information about the 2012 Graduate School Fair, visit the NCCWSL website. We hope you encourage your current school or alma mater to participate!

And tell us, are you interested in grad school? What do you need to know to get yourself grad-school ready?

This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.

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Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, which is observed on March 8 each year to honor and celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women. But at AAUW, every day is International Women’s Day!

AAUW states and branches hold weekly events in their local communities that focus on the empowerment of women and girls, including conferences, theatrical performances, lectures, awards ceremonies, book discussions, films, camps, career days, and political rallies. March 8 may focus worldwide attention on women, but AAUW does it every day as a part of our mission to break through barriers for women and girls.

For International Women’s Day 2012, we would like to salute our 239 current AAUW fellows and grantees who are making a difference in the United States and around the globe. And we’d like to spotlight our 2011–12 International Project Grantees former International Fellows who are working on innovative projects in their home countries. So take a few minutes to read about the important advocacy these women are doing on behalf of women and girls worldwide.

Rukeme Ake, Nigeria
Girl Skill Acquisition and Personal Development Project

Ake is implementing a capacity-building project for women who aren’t in school to provide vocational and life-skills training, which will enable them to become economically productive, improve their ability to protect themselves against abuse, and contribute to the advancement of society.

Nasreen Mazumdar, India
Natural Polymer-Based Iodine Supplementation to Combat Iodine Deficiency Disorders

Iodine deficiency disorders are a major public health concern in India. This project focuses on expecting and lactating mothers who are prone to developing iodine deficiency. The goal is to produce an iodine supplement that will prevent iodine deficiency in pregnant women.

Diedie Weng, China
Yongji Organic Farmer Video Network Training Program

International Fellow Diedie Weng films local Yongji women.

Yongji is traditionally one of the most important agricultural production bases in northern China. The Yongji Organic Agriculture Co-op, founded in 1998 and currently led by local women, is currently expanding because of the market demands for organic products. There is a strong local need for organic farming knowledge and skills. This project trains women to use participatory video to engage local farmers in documenting and discussing local techniques and challenges. The project is creating the first rural-based participatory video network in China that empowers women’s leadership in the organic agriculture movement.

Patience Ogele, Côte d’Ivoire
Graceland Fish Farms Project

Women and girls are expanding their fish-farming and fish-preservation activities to generate income for household needs. The project offers rearing and production techniques for tilapia and catfish, education workshops on improving fish-farming methods, and farm-management, preservation, marketing, and bookkeeping skills.

Anjali Srinivasan, India
Reclaiming Heritage — Traditional Artisan Glassmaking

Taking advantage of the growing interest in glass objects among interior designers and local markets, this project trains women in glassmaking: blowing (for vessels), flame working (for beads), kiln forming (for tiles), mold making (for sculpture), cold working (for finishing jobs), and management (as technicians and administrators).

Want to know what’s happening on International Women’s Day? Follow @AAUW, @AAUWGlobal, and #AAUWDialog on Twitter, and check out our Facebook page, where you can share your event or contribute to the conversation.

We’ve accomplished a lot, but there’s so much more to be done. Follow AAUW’s example and make every day International Women’s Day.

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Last week, as the Senate prepared to vote on the Blunt amendment to limit insurance coverage for contraception, a coalition of more than 50 women’s organizations held a press conference at the National Press Club to announce an unprecedented drive to mobilize women voters — on the ground and online — around health and economic rights (HER) in 2012. At the event, members of the HERvotes coalition emphasized the power of women voters as a force for change and voiced outrage over the politicization of vital aspects of women’s health care, such as birth control and breast cancer services.

HERvotes leaders highlighted the work that they are doing to sound the alarm that women’s gains are at risk. For example, the AAUW Action Fund has launched a $1.5 million campaign, It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard, to educate women — especially millennial women — about what’s at stake in the election and to get them to the ballot box in November. “There is a palpable buzz … women are mad,” said AAUW Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Lisa Maatz. “We are fed up. We don’t want you to touch our birth control. We’re tired of our legislators failing us. We’ll be canvassing, advertising, using social media, and reaching women where they live.” The My Vote campaign will include paid staff members in 15 states. They will train volunteers to get out the vote and to target young women.

HERvotes leaders — including Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal, Raising Women’s Voices and National Black Women’s Health Imperative Founder Byllye Avery, and National Council of Negro Women Executive Director Avis Jones-DeWeever —  said that women will make their voices heard on everything from jobs, equal pay, and equal opportunity to discriminatory health practices and access to education.

Sarah Audelo, senior manager of domestic policy at Advocates for Youth, made it clear that young women are part of this fight. “The right to basic preventive health care, such as contraception. The right to decide if and when to have a child. The right to vote and have our voices heard. These are rights our mothers and grandmothers fought for and won,” she said. “These are rights I never thought my generation would have to fight for. … We will reward those who support and respect our rights and hold accountable those who do not.”

HERvotes leaders will conduct multiple online drives on e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere that collectively will reach more than 20 million women. One such campaign will be led by MomsRising.org.

“Women are tired of the politicization of birth control, the politicization of breast cancer, and abortion bills that really are just about humiliating women,” said National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill. “The more they attack women’s ability to get along day by day … they are losing our votes. People are waking up.”

To learn more about the issues at stake, visit www.HERvotes.us.

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Plaintiff Ariana Klay speaking at the March 6, 2012 National Press Conference

“You need to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. … I can’t babysit you all of the time” was the response a Marine officer gave to Elle Helmer when she reported being raped by another Marine. Helmer was a public information officer at the U.S. Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., and she is one of eight current and former active-duty service members who filed a lawsuit against the military on Tuesday.

The plaintiffs are accusing U.S. military officials of creating a culture in which sexual assault and rape is tolerated and in which people who report it face retaliation. The lawsuit focuses specifically on the U.S. Marine Barracks.

At a National Press Club event on Tuesday, Helmer and Ariana Klay, another plaintiff who is a Naval Academy graduate and Iraq war veteran, courageously shared their stories before a room of journalists.

Klay said that she was gang raped by another Marine and his civilian (but former Marine) friend and then sexually harassed by several officers. Her story illustrates the victim-blaming that many survivors face if they speak out and the lack of initiatives focused on preventing or addressing sexual assault and harassment.

When Klay reported the harassment and rape, she said that she felt like she was the one on trial. She said that, during the investigation, she was told that she must have welcomed the attention by wearing makeup, dressing in regulation-length skirts (as part of her uniform), and exercising in running shorts and tank tops.

One of the rapists was court-martialed but, as often happens in the cases of reported rapes, was convicted of a lesser crime: adultery and indecent language. Nothing happened to the men who harassed her.

The stories of both women are included in the documentary The Invisible War, which won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.

During the Press Club event, several speakers — including the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Susan Burke — talked about the lack of checks and balances within the military structure when it comes to these types of crimes. Survivors must report crimes internally, and they are handled internally instead of by civilian law enforcement or court systems. One outcome the plaintiffs want to see is a change in this structure so that survivors can seek help and justice outside of their military chain of command.

You can help. Contact your congressional representative and ask her or him to support the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (STOP Act). This pending piece of legislation mandates the kinds of structural changes that the plaintiffs and AAUW want to see.

AAUW Executive Director Linda Hallman spoke at the event, and I’m proud to say that AAUW is offering financial support to both this lawsuit and a similar one that was filed last year, Cioca v. Rumsfeld. We know that speaking out publicly, as Klay, Helmer, and the other plaintiffs are, is critical. And we know that backlash and retaliation can be fierce. We stand with them as they stand for justice.

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Sandra Fluke speaking at our recent Re: Action — Birth Control in 2012 panel

Two weeks ago, AAUW hosted Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke at our national office for a Re:Action panel discussion on birth control. It was our way of making sure that she had a platform to speak and be heard since she wasn’t allowed to testify at a recent hearing about contraception at the House of Representatives. That panel featured five men and no women.

So when talk show host Rush Limbaugh made blatantly sexist and offensive comments about Fluke last week, we took it personally. AAUW Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Lisa Maatz put it simply: “His aggressive personal insults and unnecessary coarsening of the public debate are unacceptable.”

Limbaugh’s “apology” on Saturday has not stopped his show from bleeding more sponsors. His remarks outraged women (and men of good conscience) across the country — probably because it wasn’t much of an apology. Just ask Fluke. He continued attacking her today, saying that she attended Georgetown Law only to “force them to abandon religious beliefs.” This completely misrepresents Fluke’s story and shows that Limbaugh has yet to learn his lesson.

On their own, Limbaugh’s comments are reprehensible. What makes them action-worthy is how widespread their effect continues to be. Limbaugh basically told his audience of millions that a woman who uses contraception and speaks out about it is a slut. This was his attempt to shame Fluke into silence. And it was a clear message to women everywhere: Speak out, and you’ll be punished in the same way.

Limbaugh may not listen to women, but his apology on Saturday shows that he pays attention to sponsors. Make sure he gets the message that women won’t stand for these kinds of attacks. Call, tweet, or write a Facebook update telling his sponsors that they only hurt themselves by supporting intolerant and offensive commentary.

It’s tough to pin down an exact list of sponsors, especially because some are local and others are national. To the best of our knowledge, here is a list of current national sponsors that have yet to pull support from Limbaugh’s show. Take action and tell them to stop supporting Limbaugh and his vicious rhetoric.

Lear Capital

Twitter: @GoldCoinPro (Kevin DeMeritt)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LearCapital

Phone: 800/576-9355

Other: See their response to Limbaugh’s comments

LifeLock

Twitter: @LifeLock

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LifeLock

E-mail: tami@lifelock.com

Phone: 800/543-3562

Need ideas for tweets and Facebook updates? Make sure to link to this blog post and use the hashtag #StopRush. And tweet at Limbaugh himself using his handle, @rushlimbaugh. Here’s some sample language in case you need inspiration.

Twitter

Stand up for Sandra, stand up for women, and #StopRush http://bit.ly/xtnNlE

Tell @rushlimbaugh advertisers not to support personal attacks on women #StopRush http://bit.ly/xtnNlE

Thanks to the advertisers who stood with women and pulled sponsorship from @rushlimbaugh #StopRush www.huff.to/xaQjsQ

Facebook

Let companies know they should not support Rush Limbaugh’s anti-women commentary with sponsorship — join me in standing up for Sandra Fluke and for women everywhere by contacting these sponsors today http://bit.ly/xtnNlE

This post was written by Rachel Wallace and Lisa Maatz.

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Clara Peeters’ art looks so real that it’s almost touchable. Her paintings are full of feasts to be eaten, flowers to be smelled, and cats to be petted.

In the 1960s, Wilhelmina Holladay and her husband — both art enthusiasts — were drawn to Peeters’ meticulous still-life paintings. The Holladays were disappointed to find that American museums did not feature the Flemish artist’s work — or many other women artists, for that matter.

Holladay decided that if she couldn’t beat them, she’d join them by starting her very own museum. But she needed help. During her keynote speech at the 1985 AAUW National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, Holladay asked AAUW members for support. The outpouring of donations helped form the foundation for the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Last night, AAUW celebrated that shared history at a birthday party of sorts in honor of the 25th anniversary of NMWA and the 130th anniversary of AAUW.

“Wilhelmina Cole Holladay has been called a daring trailblazer and a visionary,” AAUW President Carolyn Garfein (pictured) said to the crowd of 550 guests. “I’m glad we can call her a friend.”

From left: AAUW Executive Director Linda Hallman joined Garfein, Holladay, Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, and NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling in speaking to the crowd of 550 guests, who also sipped cocktails, talked culture, and viewed the museum’s stunning collection.

“Mrs. Holladay created the National Museum of Women in the Arts because women were woefully underrepresented in the art world,” said Hallman. “There is another place where women are woefully underrepresented, and that’s in politics.”

Hallman (pictured) went on to discuss the AAUW Action Fund’s get-out-the-vote campaign, which encourages young women to vote in hopes of amplifying women’s voices — an appropriate ending to a night of celebrating women’s contributions to art and politics.

A new exhibit of French paintings — many never seen outside of France — showcased the intersection of politics and art in women’s lives between 1750 and 1850 and served as a dovetail between history and the present day for guests.

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Last summer, National Student Advisory Council member Odunola “Ola” Ojewumi was an intern at the White House, where she hosted a briefing on the importance of youth mentorship in low-income communities. Last month, Ojewumi spoke with the White House’s Andrea Turk about how she became the director of services at the president’s house.

photo courtesy of Florida A&M UniversityWhat does it mean to you, as an African American woman, to work for the first African American president?

It means a lot, but probably not for the reasons you might think. As a returning student, I was enrolled in the seminar in political science course. My professor asked the students who believed that Sen. Obama would win the Democratic nomination and win the presidency to sit on one side. Those who thought otherwise were [asked] to sit on the opposite side. I was sitting by myself! Some thought he would win the nomination but lose the race, and others didn’t give him a chance at either. Not only did I believe both, but I predicted that he would be president of the United States after hearing him speak during the Democratic convention in 2004. Yes, this presidency means a lot to me, but not only because I’m an African American woman. This presidency means a lot because the president has been an incredible leader who energized so many Americans — and it allows me to say “I told you so” to everyone who doubted what I was saying.

In 1987, you began your academic career as a student at Florida A&M University. You returned to college much later in life upon realizing the importance of an education. Can you describe the struggles and challenges you faced as an older student returning to college?

Honestly, my main challenge was convincing people that I was 37 years old. I may have pulled out my driver’s license 40 times before word spread around campus that I was telling the truth about my age. When I left school in the early 1990s, it was because I wasn’t focused or mature enough to apply myself. … While I didn’t do well in school, I continued to work hard and gained a lot of valuable experience working in the private and public sectors. My work experience actually helped shape my educational goals, and this experience allowed me to bring a lot of professional experience into the classroom. My maturity and focus made me rise above potential distractions and keep my eye on earning my degrees — with honors.

Your journey to the White House has been remarkable. You began as an intern, and now you serve as director of White House services. Can you describe your experiences as one of the administration’s first interns during the summer of 2009?

As an intern, I realized the magnitude of the opportunity and was determined not to squander one moment of it. I didn’t know what the organization’s personnel structure would be, but I assumed that I would be one of the older interns. I knew that I probably had more real-world work experience than most of the interns would have, so I decided I didn’t want to force myself or what I knew on anyone. I did, however, want to be a resource to my team and to be looked upon as someone that everyone could count on. I worked hard and volunteered for every event. I absorbed everything and noted whenever someone made a statement that motivated me. The experience was, and is, awesome. I am still giddy whenever I go in to work.

What has been the biggest struggle or obstacle you have faced in your journey to the White House?

My main struggle has been the time I’ve spent away from my two daughters. When I came to D.C. for the internship, it was the first time that I had been away from my daughters [for] longer than a week. I had to keep telling myself that I was doing it for them. After being offered a job, I relocated to Maryland without my daughters so I could get things ready for them to join me. I was here for three months looking for good middle schools, preschools, and a place for us to live. My parents moved into my home in Tallahassee, Florida, during the week and took my daughters to school and all of their extracurricular activities. They took them to their home in Gainesville, Florida, on the weekends so they could maintain their own home.

I love and miss my family dearly, but I truly missed my girls and am excited because they were able to join me early in 2010.

Can you describe your experience during your tenure as director of White House services?

My experience has been great. I always brag about my department, the Office of Management and Administration, because the leadership team has a genuine interest in the success of everyone. We say, “We are committed to the success of those who serve the president,” but I think that statement should be expanded to include the commitment to our M&A team members. Everyone’s job is critically important to the overall success of the team. I feel blessed to be a part of a team whose leadership takes time to express how important everyone’s role is.

As a single mother of two, you undoubtedly serve as an inspiration to your daughters and countless mothers who wish to restart their careers and education in spite of many obstacles. What has been your greatest challenge as a working mother or student?

Getting enough sleep!

When I was in school, I thought it was really neat for my older daughter, Ariyana, and me to study together. I would come in and get to work and would tell her that she didn’t have any excuses because “mommy has to cook, clean, tutor, and do her own work.” There were times when my younger daughter, Summer, would be fussy, and so I would put my study time off until she settled down and was sound asleep. Sometimes that was at 3 a.m., so I would look at my lack of sleep as a small sacrifice. The only thing I knew for sure was that I could not preach education to my daughters without finishing mine.

What words of wisdom or advice can you give to the thousands of young women and girls across the nation who wish to follow in the footsteps of successful women like you?

Don’t give up on your personal goals and dreams. Don’t compare your status to anyone else’s or allow anyone else’s successes to deter you from trying to be just as successful. Look for perfect examples of how you’d like things to turn out, but don’t get caught up in a perfect way to make it happen for yourself.

I looked at working mothers who were married, single mothers who finished school, single mothers who never went to school, pastors, heads of service organizations, members of sororities and fraternities, and numerous others. From these individuals, I found a good batch of perfect outcomes. I was never afraid to ask how they got there, I was never embarrassed about asking for help, and I will always be willing to learn new things. Now that I have achieved several items on my list of goals, it is my responsibility to reach back and help others.

This post was written by National Student Advisory Council member Ola Ojewumi.

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Ever wish that you could send an AAUW student affiliate member to the White House?

Well, you now can. Kam Phillips, who is a senior at the University of Missouri (an AAUW college/university partner member!) has a chance to meet the president at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and share her organization, Dream outside the Box, with the world. She’s a finalist in the White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The top five vote-getters will go to the White House. Read more about this opportunity in today’s press release.

Dream outside the Box exposes underprivileged children to new and exciting endeavors — such as fencing and rodeo — and breaks stereotypes, broadens horizons, and instills in young people of color a positive self-image and the resolve to realize their dreams.

Anyone with an e-mail address can vote for Phillips. Vote now, and vote often — up to three times a day. The polls close on March 3 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, so we still have a chance to get Phillips to the White House!

As the director of AAUW’s Leadership Programs, I’m pleased to see such great drive from this incredible young woman. I’m certainly on Team Kam. What about you?

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