"Through my experience with Summer of Service, I have come to see that community and service need to work in conjunction with one another in order to create and maintain healthy communities."
"As a political science major and sociology minor, I have learned a number of theories about the political and legal systems that create and sustain our society. My experience at the Women's Law Project has allowed me to see these theories in practice, especially those that I learned in my Welfare Politics class, which has given me a stronger perspective and understanding.
"My experience with Summer of Service has changed my understanding of community and service in a number of ways. I have come to realize the large extent to which inequality exists in our society. I have worked with a number of women and men who were struggling to survive each day and have seen the lack of support that exists for them. There are only a limited number of organizations and non-profits that are available to help those in need, and it is quite astonishing to see that these establishments are also working to survive and maintain themselves each day. It was a real awakening to see how many issues and problems really face women and also to see the crucial need for organizations like the Women's Law Project, which work endlessly to empower, support and inform their clients in a way that will help them to move forward positively."
Major: Political Science
Note: Samar's internship was a result of her participation in the Bryn Mawr College Summer of Service 2009 program, a funded opportunity for students to live, serve and learn together in the Bryn Mawr community.
The Women's Law Project joined the fight for women's rights in 1974, founded by a group of feminist attorneys devoted to equality and justice. Emboldened by the resurgent feminist movement of the 1970s, they soon won national recognition for their trailblazing Equal Rights Amendment Project, combining extensive litigation under state ERAs with public education.
The Women's Law Project's mission is to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. To this end, they engage in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education. In addition, the organization offers a free telephone counseling and consumer education service. Volunteer counselors give basic self-help information about procedures and laws regarding a wide range of subjects of concern to Pennsylvania women.