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We are thrilled to welcome Laura to the CWEALF team as a G2O Intern for the 2014-2015 school year!  Laura is pursuing her Master of Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing and International Studies from the University of Connecticut.  A native of Connecticut, Laura completed her Bachelor of Social Work in 2013 from Central Connecticut State University.  Laura will be involved in the coordination, registration, and planning of G2O’s Girls and STEM Expos, as well as completing a needs assessment of teachers to support them in recruiting and retaining girls in nontraditional careers. 

Laura’s path into the social work field is truly inspiring.  As a teenager, she visited Ecuador to help build a community center for impoverished families.  During her trip, she established lifelong relationships and saw firsthand the impact that a community-organized project of this scale could have on residents.  As a result, she returned to Ecuador six more times to help with additional projects. 

Laura brings several years of experience working with youth through various mentorship roles.  She is looking forward to learning more about planning and organizing programs, as well establishing and forming lasting community partnerships.  Laura is a big proponent of utilizing hands-on experiences and role models to engage girls in STEM.  We know Laura will be a wonderful asset to the G2O program!

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Do you have an opinion about some of the new reproduction and contraception laws but you don’t want to protest by standing outside holding up signs? 

Wondering how you can contact your state’s senator or congress person and have your voice heard?

Well, if holding up posters at a rally isn’t exactly for you, here are some new methods in expressing your opinions that are sweeping the nation:

Facebook:
There is a growing trend right now on Facebook where women are making their displeasure known regarding the various contraception laws by turning their pages into a reproductive “Dear Abby” and asking politicians for medical advice about various vaginal problems.  Some women have even offered politicians updates about their menstrual cycle.

Internet Campaigns:
If you are not facebook savvy, or opt for an anonymous approach to contacting your local politician there might be a website for you. There is a website that offers instructions on how to knit or crochet reproductive organs and send them to your Senator and/or Congress person with a friendly message telling them that they too can have their own set of reproductive organs!

Old Fashioned:
And if neither of these suit you, well there is still the old fashioned way of allowing the female members of Congress petition for you.  There is a “Sisterhood of Lawmakers” that has attempted to pass (often satirical) bills and amendments that offer men the same opportunity to have their reproductive organs under a microscope.

So, whatever your personality there is a method for you in joining this new wave of feminism!

 

Written by Rita Keeling. Rita is an intern at the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund.