Katherine Theresa Lewis '12
High School: The Culver Academies
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Major: Philosophy; Minor: English
Activities: Singing with the Bryn Mawr Night Owls, the college's official acapella group; Bryn Mawr College Phonathon; working with the Coalition for Healthy Workplaces & Families to ensure that all workers in Philadelphia are granted the opportunity to earn paid sick days; Raising Women's Voices of Southeastern Pennsylvania; "Contraception is Prevention" Campaign; "We've Had Enough" Campaign; Pennsylvania Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Interests: Singing, spending time with my family, reading & writing poetry, visiting museums, traveling, running, painting, going out to eat, and relaxing on the campus "green" with friends on a sunny day
Internship: WOMEN'S WAY
Founded in 1977 in Philadelphia, WOMEN'S WAY is the country’s oldest and largest women’s funding federation. Its mission is to “raise money and public awareness to fight for and achieve women’s equality, safety, self-sufficiency and reproductive freedom through women-centered funding, advocacy, and education.” In short, the organization works to empower and ensure the safety of women around the country by providing community education and financial assistance, working to make legislation changes that will ensure their mission's goals, and by providing resources to women so they are capable of empowering themselves.
My internship at WOMEN'S WAY involved working in two primary areas. First, I worked directly with Rebecca Foley, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Initiatives, as a part of WOMEN'S WAY's Education and Advocacy program. This program engages with the community to educate and advocate for women and works to increase civic engagement around advocacy priorities and issues central to the mission of the organization. The Education and Advocacy Program specifically deals with the organization's legislative advocacy efforts, community education events, and education programs. While working with the Education and Advocacy Program this summer, I campaigned to convince Philadelphia City Council to pass the Earned Sick Days Bill, rallied with Raising Women's Voices in successfully convincing Health and Human Services to adopt contraception as preventative healthcare that must be covered fully by all insurance providers, worked with the Pennsylvania Anti-Trafficking Coalition to prevent sex trafficking in Philadelphia and across the state of Pennsylvania, canvassed in Center City and Rittenhouse Square for the "We've Had Enough" Campaign, prepared and assisted with the facilitation of Public Policy meetings, and represented WOMEN'S WAY at various community events.
The second area of focus for my internship at WOMEN'S WAY was working with Cate Galbally, Manager of Special Events, in fundraising and planning the WOMEN'S WAY 9th Annual Fall Gala that is to take place on November 5, 2011. The Fall Gala is a critical fundraising event for WOMEN'S WAY. The main components of the Fall Gala are the silent and live auctions and most of my time was spent seeking out the support of local businesses, encouraging their contribution to these auctions. Drawing on my experience as a Phonathon caller for the Bryn Mawr Caller Annual fund, I believe I made a strong contribution to the fundraising efforts that will ensure the Fall Gala's success and I am eager to see the results of my fundraising efforts when I assist WOMEN'S WAY facilitate the Gala in November. In addition to my work with Ms. Galbally on the Fall Gala, I also worked to organize several events hosted by the Young Women's Initiative, assisted with the facilitation of the WOMEN'S WAY Women's Issues Summit, and conducted research on behalf of the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Prize Committee on nominees for the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize, an award that is given annually by WOMEN'S WAY to a female author for her work in advancing the dialogue about women's rights. Integrating my work with WOMEN'S WAY's Public Policy efforts into my work with Special Events, I also assisted with the WOMEN'S WAY special pre-screening and panel discussion of The Whistleblower, a movie exposing the harsh realities of sex trafficking.
My internship experience at WOMEN'S WAY was unforgettable, and I am truly grateful for having the opportunity to work with such a personally and socially empowering organization. Thanks to the Katharine Hepburn Center and the grant that was given to me, I was able to spend my summer working with a wonderful organization, advocating for women and for legislative changes that will enable women and girls to reach their full potential. I am eager to continue working with WOMEN'S WAY this year and I hope to plan a collaborative event with WOMEN'S WAY at Bryn Mawr so other Mawrtyrs can get involved with this wonderful organization.