Stanford Women in Politics wins the 2018 SAL Campus Impact Award for Inspiring Innovation


Members of Stanford Women in Politics, along with Marta Hanson of the Women’s Community Center (far left) and Ankita Rakhe of Student Activities and Leadership (far right), on May 24, 2018.

Women’s Community Center Assistant Dean & Associate Director Marta Hanson shared the following remarks when presenting the 2018 SAL Campus Impact Award for Inspiring Innovation to Stanford Women in Politics on May 24, 2018.

My name is Marta Hanson, and I’m the Assistant Dean & Associate Director of the Women’s Community Center. This year, I was thrilled to nominate Stanford Women in Politics for the SAL Campus Impact Award for Inspiring Innovation.

Stanford Women in Politics, or SWIP, exists to engage, educate, and empower Stanford women interested in politics, in a community that supports, challenges, and inspires them in college and beyond.

Though SWIP is a relatively young organization – less than two years old, officially – the group has already made a tremendous impact on this campus. I remember watching them bring balloons and decorations into the WCC to co-host a watch party on Election Night 2016 – and even though the results of that night were not what they had hoped, ever since that day, SWIP has remained even more committed to their mission, and they have modeled what targeted, engaged advocacy can look like on campus.

Since 2016, SWIP has tripled both their membership and operating budget. They regularly provide tangible opportunities for members of the Stanford community to engage with women in politics, hosting speakers like Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, California Gubernatorial Candidate (and Stanford alumna) Amanda Renteria, author & activist Ilyasah Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter), and the first transgender delegate to the Virginia State Legislature, Danica Roem.

As is integral to any organization committed to inspiring innovation in the long term, SWIP has also explicitly focused on building a pipeline of leaders, educators, and advocates who can continue the organization’s work into the future. Through their SWIP internships – or SWIPternships – program, their educational teach-ins, and other community development efforts, as well as their internal processes to smoothly transition leadership to emerging SWIP leaders, this organization walks the talk in terms of empowering and activating all members of a community towards a shared goal.

2018 has already proven to be an exciting year for women in politics nationwide, and with SWIP spearheading innovative efforts here on campus, it looks to be an exciting year for women in politics on the Farm as well. I look forward to the impact Stanford Women in Politics will continue to have on the Stanford community in years to come.


Anatomy of a Feminist Icon – a Podcast about the term “Feminist Icon”

This podcast investigates the meaning of the term “feminist icon,” using interviews with a sampling of members of the Stanford community. What does it mean to call somebody a feminist icon? Do feminist icons have to be famous? What role should these icons have in the feminist movement as a whole? This project seeks to investigate questions like these in order to help listeners gain a deeper understanding of the implications of this term to consider as they use it in everyday life.

Project Recap: I think we often use terms without really looking into their implications and nuances, so I wanted to attempt to do that with this project. It was extremely rewarding to get to interview such interesting, well-spoken people and to get to hear their perspectives. The format of a podcast really highlighted their voices and their opinions in a powerful way.

Workshop Recap: Meditation for Self Compassion

Last Friday, we hosted a Meditation for Self-Compassion event in the WCC lounge! Attendees got to hear from Reverend Grace Schireson about her personal journey with meditation and learned about some techniques for beginning meditation, particularly around breathing. I hope that everyone who attended was able to learn something and take some aspect of the workshop into their daily life. We all need to take a moment to just breathe sometimes!

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Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference Intern

Self-Care Sunday

This past weekend on the 15th, I hosted a WCC Intern Project called “Self-Care Sunday”. It was filled with face-masks, nail-painting, snacks, and relaxing music. For me it was a wholesome and nourishing experience I definitely want to repeat.

During the event I realized how important background music was to the setting the mood of the event. I loved how when I was playing more pop music I saw people dancing and talking, when I tried playing wind-pipe music later on everyone got a lot more quite and contemplative.

I also really enjoyed how easy it was to make conversation in a safe-space where everyone was painting their nails or sitting around with their face-masks. It felt natural for me to talk to the new people that came to the event.

Finally, it was really great to see the different forms of self-care people came to do. Some were taking part in the activities and enjoying themselves. Other people were on the side eating snacks and doing homework while still enjoying themselves. I found this really interesting.

I hope to see you at an event soon!

As always, we have our upcoming WCC events listed online at  ttp://

Kay|Stanford Women’s Leadership Conference 2018 Intern

Workshop Recap: Creating a Culture of Consent: What You Need to Know About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

On Tuesday, January 30th, Women at Work hosted their first workshop of the year, with Grace Poon from the SARA office and Amy Vorro from SHPO presenting on responding to sexual harassment in the workplace and upstander intervention.

  • Thinking through preventative and reactive measures is important:
  • Preventatively, we should work to establish a culture of consent within the workplace, and evaluate our prospective employers with respect to their values
  • As a reactive measure, documenting sexual harassment immediately when it occurs will reduce ambiguity in the future. Grace encouraged us to think about adopting upstanding strategies to protect both ourselves and others in the face of sexual harassment in the workplace. Finally, Amy helped us think about legal options available to us if sexual harassment does transpire


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Our Names – A Podcast About Women’s Relationships with Last Names

Tune into the WCC’s latest podcast Our Names, a two-episode mini-series where we explore each woman’s relationship with her last name. Through having conversations with women on campus whose decision to keep or change their last name through marriage was meaningful to them, the podcast delves into how culture, family, and feminism play into our choices regarding our names.

Drawing inspiration from the recent movement to highlight women’s untold stories, each recording showcases the raw voices of women on campus and their unique relationships with their names.

Project Recap: After changing my last name to my mother’s about a year ago, I began to think more deeply about my own relationship with my last name and how this relationship can differ greatly for each person. Assigned with the task to create an intern project that reflected the values of the WCC and my own passions, I wanted to explore how different factors can influence a woman’s choice to keep or change her last name. Eventually, I chose to format my project as a podcast because I believed in the power of women to tell their stories using their own voices.

Event Recap – The Art of Negotiation

Written by Jasmine Liu, Women at Work Coordinator

For Women at Work’s third workshop this year, Nita Singh Kaushal, founder of Miss CEO and lecturer in the Department of Engineering, led a workshop on how to negotiate for a job.

How can we frame negotiations to our advantage?

  • Create win-win situations. Convince your employer that what you are asking for will benefit both of you. A negotiation is not a hostile me vs. you scenario.
  • Stay organized about what you want. Go into the negotiation with a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve.

How do we prepare for a negotiation?

  • Know your value. What is your market value? What is your current salary? How substitutable is your work? What is the market value of your expertise/knowledge? What are salary ranges for similar positions? What outstanding offers do you have?

Do not get stuck in a negotiation with yourself—few are punished for countering an offer.

  • If they are giving you an offer, they really want you! A lot of internal work goes into extending an offer, so if you are getting one, they will not easily give you up.
  • Don’t get distracted by perks—compensation is what matters, because it is the most static once you accept the offer

How can we gain the upper hand in a negotiation?

  • Mention any competitive offers
  • “Is there anything you can do to simplify the decision for me?”

How do we close a negotiation?

  • Accept the counter if it feels right
  • On principle, it is important to negotiate!
    • Accepting the offer without negotiating may lead your future manager to question your leadership potential or ability to advocate for yourself

Event Recap – Rethinking Networking

Written by Jasmine Liu, Women at Work Coordinator

In Women at Work’s second workshop this year, Danielle Wood from BEAM and Kathy Davies from Stanford’s Life Design Lab shared their unique insights on how to meaningfully connect with people in professional ways.

How can we reframe our understanding of networking?

  • Explore. Other people are great resources for exploring areas we might not be familiar with. The best way to collect information about things we are curious about is through other people.
  • Amplifying happenstance. Through creating the conditions for luck through forming genuine connections, we are more likely to come upon it.
  • Setting values and priorities. Knowing what matters to us helps us understand what we are looking for.
  • Networking is just asking for directions!

How can we network to learn?

  • Prototyping conversations. This could be an informational interview or a coffee chat.
      • Be prepared to commit to spending 30 minutes just to find out more about something. Neither party should be expecting this to lead to a job/internship
  • Prototyping experiences. This could include internships, shadowing, etc.

Why network?

  • Research shows that we can’t project ourselves accurately into the future, and that the best way to predict how happy we will be with a certain experience is through asking others who have had the same experience.


Event Recap – Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Stanford

Event Recap – Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Stanford

Title IX, SARA, & CST Info Session and Q&A

Written by Gillian Dee, WCC Intern

There is a dizzying amount of resources thrown at you when you get to Stanford. Three very important resources, however, deserve a second mention.  On November 2nd, we were fortunate enough to have representatives from the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response (SARA), The Confidential Support Team, and the Title IX Office come speak at the Women’s Community Center. The representatives cleared up the confusion surrounding the services they each provide.  These are all offices that respond to sexual assault, each in their own way. Here is a breakdown of what each office does and a possible roadmap to guide where you should go if you need this support.

A possible first step if you need help:

1)Confidential Support Team

This service provides a range of supportive services and is completely confidential.  The office is staffed by professional therapists.  They have a 24/7 hotline ((650) 725-9955), and help all students ranging from victims to alleged perpetrators to a victim’s support system.

Kingscote Gardens (2nd Floor)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305-8231

CTS Hotline: Main office: (650) 736-6933; Hotline: (650) 725-9955

2) Title IX

This office works to facilitate the needs of students. It addresses Title IX concerns involving all students, making sure university programs/activities are free of harassment and violence based on sex/gender. They offer several services: investigations, accommodations (physical + educational), outreach and training. This organization is neutral and is not an advocate. If you want to report your assault to Stanford, this office will help you do that.

Kingscote Gardens (2nd Floor)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305-8231



3) SARA Office

This office focuses on education, expression, and caring relationships.  They offer holistic healing opportunities to survivors and are responsible for the Beyond Sex Ed during NSO and other such education programs.  This is a great place to get involved on campus if you are passionate about these issues as well.  This center is made for and by students.

Kingscote Gardens (Suite 220)

419 Lagunita Drive

Stanford, CA 94305



All three offices are staffed by professionals working to help the Stanford Community.  If you need any of these services they are all located at Kingscote Gardens, in one building.

Here are some more resources:

Workshop Recap: Digital Security for Activists (or Anyone) with EFF

On May 17, we had an awesome workshop on what everyone should know about digital security with SF-based technology advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation. The event was a hands-on discussion that included both suggested for tools to use and more general frameworks to think about your own security needs.

Here are a few of the key takeaways:

  • There is no such thing as perfect security. Often, there is an inherent tradeoff between security and convenience—the more convenient option is less secure, the more secure option is less convenient. However, taking even basic preventative measures to avoid being an easy target mitigates most of the risks you will face as a user.
  • Think about what you want to protect. Everyone has digital assets that they would like to protect, from devices, to personal data, to sensitive communications, to identities or associations. Thinking about your individual needs can help you prioritize where to be most cautious.
  • Think about what you want to protect against. The other part of the equation is the threat landscape: potential actors such as criminal hackers, local government, or federal government, or commercial entities that perform surveillance. At the event, we installed Signal, a secure messaging app with end-to-end encryption, and talked about the benefits of using a secure password manager to limit unwanted access to your accounts.

For more detailed information, you may read notes generously donated by an attendee of the workshop here. Additionally, for applications recommended by the EFF, please see,  and for specific inquiries you may reach out to

– Maggie