The Women's Research and Education Institute - WREI

The Women's Research and Education Institute - WREI WREI is a leading research group that provides clear thinking and unbiased data about the status of women in America
Research is our middle name and since 1977 WREI has been the source of reliable data and clear thinking about the status of American women. Our first ‘clients’ were federal legislators—the 18 women then serving in the U.S. Congress. Over the years our mandate has widened to include 90 women serving in the House and Senate plus state officials, local governments, women's advocates, corporate policymakers, the media, teachers, students, and just about anyone interested in issues of equality.
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Among many programs, WREI is perhaps best know for its Congressional Fellowships on Women in Public Policy, The American Woman publications and its Women in the Military publications, conferences and papers supporting military women and veterans.

Mission: The mission of the Women's Research & Education Institute (WREI) is to identify issues affecting women in their roles in the family, workplace and public arena and to inform and help shape the public policy debate on these issues. Founded in 1977, WREI is an independent, non-profit (501[c][3]), nonpartisan organization governed by a board of directors that includes leading Americans from many fields who are committed to equality for women.

09/23/2013

WREI Joins I Am A U.S. Veteran: Military Women Project

WREI is pleased to announce a partnership with the I am a U. S. Veteran: Military Women [WWII – Present] Project.

Photographer and author, Therese A. Hughes, is producing the exhibit and book to honor our nation's female Veterans, to increase public awareness and dialogue of military women and their roles in the nation’s defense through an artist’s lens. This project supports the long-standing and continued efforts of WREI to provide accurate information about women serving in defense of our nation.

I am a U. S. Veteran: Military Women [WWII – Present] Project is a photo-journal book series and a photography exhibit scheduled to open at the Women’s Memorial in 2014. The Project is vetted through and supported by the U. S. Department of Defense, each of the military branches and the Women in Military Service to America (WIMSA) Foundation and LeadStar, Inc. At this time, Ms. Hughes has interviewed 735 of 1,200 women who have served in defense of our nation.

WREI Senior Fellow Dr. Bernice Resnick Sandler will be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame (http://www.greatwomen.org...
09/23/2013

WREI Senior Fellow Dr. Bernice Resnick Sandler will be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame (http://www.greatwomen.org/welcome) in Seneca Falls, NY, Sunday, October 12.

For more than forty years, Dr. Sandler has been a tireless advocate of educational equity for women and girls. In 1970, Sandler filed the first charges of sex discrimination against 250 educational institutions. It was this strategy that led to the first federal investigations of campus sex discrimination at a time when no laws existed to prohibit discrimination based on sex in education. Subsequently, Sandler was instrumental in the development, passage and implementation of Title IX, the legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. An expert in strategies and policies to prevent and respond to sex discrimination in higher education, Sandler has given more than 2,500 presentations.

Her fellow honorees this year include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and former First Lady, the late Betty Ford.

The National Women’s Hall of Fame is the nation’s oldest membership organization dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of great American women. This esteemed group grows with each Induction Ceremony and as women continue to influence and shape the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science.

05/24/2013

Global Networks Accelerate Rise
of Women to Leadership Positions

The German Marshall Fund of the United States with Yale World Fellows on April 26, 2013 convened leaders of global women's networks to exchange best practices for women's advancement at this unique moment in history.

WREI President Susan Scanlan and other conference participants commented on progress and pitfalls in the video below:

05/24/2013

Global Networks Accelerate Rise
of Women to Leadership Positions

The German Marshall Fund of the United States with Yale World Fellows on April 26, 2013 convened leaders of global women's networks to exchange best practices for women's advancement at this unique moment in history.

WREI President Susan Scanlan and other conference participants commented on progress and pitfalls in the video below:

04/05/2013
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WREI Salutes Dr. Mariam Chamberlain, 1918-2013

http://www.wrei.org/Mariam_Chamberlain.htm

Dr. Mariam Chamberlain died in New York City on April 2, 2013 just weeks before her 95th birthday. Born into an immigrant Armenian family in the Chelsea section of Boston, she was an outstanding woman from her youth onward.

03/17/2013
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Hot Off the Presses - Women in the Military: Where They Stand
Eighth Edition http://www.wrei.org/WIM_Book_2013.html

"Military women serving in war zones are such a common sight in world-wide media these days that their presence is little remarked. In both Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, military women from the US and other countries have shown the mental and physical toughnes...

03/17/2013
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01/26/2013

DoD ends Combat Exclusion for Women
WREI's Capt. Manning Widely Quoted in Media

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced plans to lift the ban on women serving in ground combat units, removing one of the military's last major gender barriers and opening up more than 2,30,000 combat jobs to females January 24.

"It's about time," Capt. Lory Manning, USN (ret.), director of WREI's Women in the Military Project, told the New Your Daily News. “I'm astonished that they're doing it the right way. Hooray!" she added in and interview with the Omaha World Herald

WREI's Women in the Military Project has long joined military women in calling for an end to the official ban, which, for all practical purposes, had been overtaken by events as women 'under cover of euphemism' have been in harm's way in all U.S. wars, especially in the 'wars without front lines' in Iraq and Afghanistan. The combat exclusion had also been a hot topic at the biannual WREI/Alliance for National Defense Women in the Military Conferences.

So it's no surprise that Capt. Manning, was called on for expert commentary by the national media when news of the combat exclusion's demise surfaced.

See Capt. Manning on CBS News here

Here are some excerpts from that interview:

Lory Manning, the director of the Women in the Military Project and the Women's Research and Education Institute proclaimed "Hooray" Wednesday evening after learning the pentagon is about to lift its ban on women in combat.

"It's important because we have been trying to integrate women fully in the military since 1948. For 65 years there has been a slow progression of what women have been allowed to do in the military.

This is the last stop on the road. Women are now fully integrated into the military. This is what this means," she told WUSA-9.

Manning is a retired Navy captain who spent 25 years in the service after enlisting in 1969, and volunteering for service in Viet Nam, an offer that was refused.

The ban on women in combat limited her navy career.

"It not only was a hinderance, it made me less able to do my job," she said.

"(It was) totally frustrating. I was in the Navy and I wanted heart and soul to go to sea."

Manning would fly to aircraft carriers to consult on military issues, but was forced to fly away at night because she was not allowed, as a woman in the Navy, to stay on board.

"It's ridiculous, particularly when the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders are allowed to stay overnight because they are not in the Navy,"she said.

She has a simple explanation for the decision to change the policy.

"It's been made because women have earned it. Women, for the last 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan, have been in ground combat, and it's been a slow time coming but the services and our civilian leadership is finally recognizing them and saying 'yes, what you've done has been good. It's helped the country. Let's make it official. Let's open it all to you. You've already proved you can do it,'" she said.

What of the critics who have expressed concerns about the change?

The same concerns have been raised repeatedly, she says: Were women strong enough, would fraternization in the ranks compromise the mission, and would the American public support women on the front lines?

"Those things are always raised and have never, ever been right," she says

Asked if women will volunteer for combat assignments, Capt. Manning told Newsmax:

"If you asked someone in 1985 about going to sea, she would have been thinking, 'Girls don't do that and so I don't want to do that,'" Manning said.

"But when push came to shove, they did it, they loved it."

WREI 2013 Fellows Complete Orientation The 2013 WREI Fellows meet with Ellie Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority d...
01/26/2013

WREI 2013 Fellows Complete Orientation

The 2013 WREI Fellows meet with Ellie Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority during orientation. (L-R) Arianna Baseman, Rachel Hall, Erin O’Quin, Ellie, Angelina Gonzalez-Aller, and Emerald Christopher.

WREI Senior Fellow Marjory LightmanLeads November 8 presentation on160 Years of Scholarship and Achievement in the Natio...
10/24/2012

WREI Senior Fellow Marjory Lightman
Leads November 8 presentation on160 Years of Scholarship and Achievement in the Nation's Capital

WREI Senior Fellow Dr. Marjorie Lightman and Dr. William Zeisel, authors of Since 1851: 160 Years of Scholarship and Achievement in the Nation’s Capital will present and lead a discussion of their work Thursday, November 8, 2012, at the Cleveland Part Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C.

Beginning with a look at the period of Reconstruction, followed by the Chase Report of 1963, the presenters also will share fascinating archival photographs and will moderate an engaging discussion with the audience.

The event is sponsored by WREI in collaboration with the University of the District of Colombia, supported by a grant from the D.C. Humanities Council.

The Cleveland Park Library is located at 3100 Connecticut Ave, NW.

09/23/2012
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View a moving short video where servicewomen express their support for extending the same abortion coverage in cases of rape or incest to servicewomen that is extended to federal civilian employees and even federal prisoners: http://youtu.be/cCIDjjqsXdU

Express your support for The Shaheen Amendment introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to provide military women and ...
09/23/2012
Stand With Servicewomen

Express your support for The Shaheen Amendment introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) to provide military women and dependents who are the victims of rape or incest the same abortion coverage as civilian federal employees (including members of congress!) and federal prisoners. https://standwithservicewomen.org/get-involved/send-a-letter/

Our servicewomen commit their lives to defending our freedoms; they deserve the same reproductive health care as the civilians they protect. Stand with Servicewomen and send a letter to Congress.

09/23/2012
Equality for Servicewomen: The Shaheen Amendment

The Department of Defense denies coverage for abortion care except when a pregnant woman's life is endangered. Unlike other federal bans on abortion coverage, the military ban provides no exception for cases of rape and incest. The Shaheen Amendment introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) would end the ban on insurance coverage of abortion care for military women and dependents in cases of rape and incest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0BSVPSs_8A&feature=player_detailpage

The Department of Defense denies coverage for abortion care except when a pregnant woman's life is endangered. Unlike other federal bans on abortion coverage...

The Women’s Research & Education Institute32nd Annual Capitol Hill SaluteClass of 2012Congressional Fellows on Women & P...
07/04/2012

The Women’s Research & Education Institute
32nd Annual Capitol Hill Salute
Class of 2012
Congressional Fellows on Women & Public Policy
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
122 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

View photos at http://www.wrei.org/2012.htm

The Women’s Research & Education Institute invites you to our 32nd Annual Capitol Hill Salute to the Class of 2012 Congr...
05/29/2012
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The Women’s Research & Education Institute
invites you to our
32nd Annual Capitol Hill Salute
to the
Class of 2012
Congressional Fellows on Women & Public Policy
6:00 until 8:00 pm
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
122 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.
Rsvp to [email protected]
or 202-280-2720
More details at http://www.wrei.org/Updates.htm

6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2012 122 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C.

Capt. Lory Manning, USN (Ret.), director of WREI's Women in the Military Program will moderate panel on Women in the Gul...
03/22/2012

Capt. Lory Manning, USN (Ret.), director of WREI's Women in the Military Program will moderate panel on Women in the Gulf War as part of the Library of Congress's Veteran's History Project Tuesday, March 27 at 12 Noon. Venue: Whitall Pavillion, Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, DC. Former WREI Fellow Commander Darlene Iskra, USN (Ret.) is a panalist.

03/21/2012
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Applications Open For Class of 2013 WREI Congressional Fellowships
on Women and Public Policy
Applications are now open for 2013 WREI Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy.
The program is open to applicants who are currently enrolled in, or have recently completed, a graduate program leading to a degree. WREI expects to award at least five Fellowships for 2013.
An intensive two-week orientation program for all Fellows begins in early January 2013 in Washington, DC. Fellows will generally be placed in their Hill offices by late January 2013; they will work through August 2013.

More information at http://www.wrei.org/FellowInf2013.htm

WREI Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy

Timeline Photos
03/21/2012

Timeline Photos

Lt. Gen Janet C. Wolfenbarger, vice commander of the US Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in...
02/16/2012

Lt. Gen Janet C. Wolfenbarger, vice commander of the US Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and the highest-ranking female officer in the Air Force, has been nominated for the rank of general.

If confirmed, she will become highest ranking woman to ever serve in the Air Force. She is the second woman in the U.S. Armed Forces to earn a fourth star. Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody became the first female four-star general in 2008.

Wolfenbarger began her career in the Air Force as an engineer, and holds a bachelors in engineering science as well as two masters degrees in aeronautics and astronautics, and national resource strategy. In addition to her post at Wright-Patterson (which she inherited from the previous highest-ranking female officer in the Air Force, Lt. General Terry Gabreski), she is responsible for “research and development, test, production, and modernization of Air Force programs worth more than $40 billion annually.” She has also earned the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Gen. Wolfenbarger was graduated from the Air Force Academy in the Class of 1980, the first graduation class after women were admitted to the academy in 1976.

Orientation begins for the Class of 2012!  Carmen Orozco-Acosta from the Class of 2011 welcomes Meenal Khajuria, Karla D...
01/10/2012

Orientation begins for the Class of 2012! Carmen Orozco-Acosta from the Class of 2011 welcomes Meenal Khajuria, Karla Dhungana, Elina Alterman, Meredith Beers and Monica Barrera to Capitol Hill on January 9, the first day of orientation for the WREI Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy, Class of 2012.

Where's the beef? Selected presentations and additional information on the conference, panels and participants will be o...
10/29/2011
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Where's the beef? Selected presentations and additional information on the conference, panels and participants will be online soon at www.wrei.org and AND's website, www.4militarywomen.org.

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Does this organization still exist? I see nothing beyond 2015.