AAUW Staff among WIN’s Young Women of AchievementFebruary 16, 2010
Each year the Women’s Information Network celebrates talented women leaders who are influential in their communities through its Young Women of Achievement award. The award acknowledges young, pro-choice, Democratic women who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields.
As we celebrate the efforts of the outstanding and inspiring women in the Washington, D.C., area, AAUW is proud to announce that two women from our staff—Kate Farrar, director of leadership programs, and Holly Kearl, Legal Advocacy Fund program manager—are among those nominated this year for recognition as Young Women of Achievement.
As director of leadership programs for AAUW, Kate manages programs that help women and girls break through barriers to assuming leadership roles by acquiring the skills they need to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Examples of these programs include the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Campaign College, and $tart $mart salary negotiation workshops.
Kate has volunteered locally as an academic mentor for College Summit and College Bound and was a founding member of the Younger Women’s Task Force. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She was also nominated for a Young Women of Achievement award in 2009.
In her role at AAUW, Holly manages the Legal Advocacy Fund, Campus Action Projects, and the Student Advisory Council. She also volunteers with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s online hotline and manages a website and blog about gender-based street harassment. Holly’s new book, Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women, will be available in August. Holly holds bachelor’s degrees in both history and women’s and gender studies from Santa Clara University in California and a master’s degree in public policy and women’s studies from George Washington University.
The theme of the 2010 Young Women of Achievement awards ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, February 18, at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, is “Celebrating a Woman’s Nation,” which refers to the compelling progress women have made as recently reported in The Shriver Report―A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything. To purchase tickets for this event and to support Holly, Kate, and the other nominees, please visit the WIN website. AAUW is proud to have such phenomenal women on our staff and wishes them the best of luck!