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Dear Amy,

First of all, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Manifesta. Congratulations on a well written, interesting and much needed piece of work. As a newcomer to the political/organized world of feminism (although not as a personal philosophy), I found the arguments informative and compelling, and ripe with topics to discuss at my next feminist majority meeting (and with anyone else!).

I was actually curious if you know of any opportunities for work during the summer months with feminist organizations for college students. I will be a sophomore at the University of Chicago majoring in Gender Studies, and would love to spend my break learning and working in a woman-oriented environment, specifically a woman oriented visual/dramatic arts or political organization.

Thanks so much,
Emily

   

Dear Emily,

Thanks for your comments on Manifesta and I'm glad that it resonated with you. I highly encourage you to spend you summer working for a group that interests you--these jobs tend to open up so many opportunities to you. This is likely to expose you to many organizations and professions that you previously didn't know existed.

There are many great feminist organizations, including many that I know about in Chicago. (For instance, the Chicago Women's Health Center, Toni Bond who works with many groups, Judy Gold who works with the governor on women's issues, Pro-Choice PAC, etc...) However, I don't know if that's where you want to be.

If you have a geographical preference, let me know and I will make some suggestions. Also, the Feminist Majority Foundation lists many great internships at their site, including their own internship, which is great. I also just learned about The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, the application is due Feb. 1st though. To apply and get more info. contact Paul Revsine: prevsine@clw.org. I learned about this through WAND. I also learned about the Ruth S. and Harrop A. Freeman Fellowship, which focuses on peace. Learn more at: www.goSPAN.org

Good Luck,
Amy

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