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.


Femtastic Friday: May 25, 2018

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Happy Friday from the WCC!

As we near the end of the quarter, WCC hosted a crafternoon today with ice cream sundae and waffles to appreciate the space and connect with other community members. Stay tuned for more exciting and wholesome events at the WCC. Feel free to join us at the Firetruck House for a warm cup of tea and a good company of people who appreciate your presence as you get ready to power through Week 9!

What’s New at the WCC?

1. Bridge Peer Counseling at the WCC
The WCC will be hosting a peer counselor from the Bridge on Friday afternoons from 3-6pm.
Swing by the WCC on Fridays from 3-6pm to talk to a Bridge counselor about school, family, friends, mental health issues, how your last midterm went, or anything in between. All counseling sessions are completely private and confidential.
Or, call the Bridge Peer Counseling Center anytime, day or night, at 650-723-3392.

2. Join us on every Tuesday afternoon for BEAM career advising!
Every Tuesday from 2-3:30pm BEAM Career Catalyst Joslyn Johnson will be having office hours in the WCC main lounge. Come for drop-in advising if you need help with resumes, cover letters, finding mentors, and preparing interviews. Joslyn feels passionate about helping students explore and find meaningful. We are excited to have Joslyn as your mentor and career coach!

3. Check out the Feminist Narrative Zine!
We are super excited to release the first Stanford Feminist Narratives Zine! We hope you enjoy this compilation of art and writing that aims to encompass some of the diverse feminist narratives that exist on this campus from our own peers. Hard copies will also be available for perusal at the WCC. We hope you enjoy!
Read HERE!

4. Give a listen to the latest WCC podcast, Our Names!
Listen to episodes 1 + 2 here!
Tune in to Episode 2 of Our Names, a WCC podcast by intern Tessa Lisanti, focusing on women’s relationships with last names. 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.
Just as much of feminism has been about reclaiming history and ensuring that women’s narratives aren’t forgotten, for many women, last names serve as a way to continue their own legacies. In episode 2, we explore how a woman’s name can encapsulate her individual identity, which includes her accomplishments, her relationships, and her feminist beliefs.

5. Check out another WCC podcast, Anatomy of a Feminist Icon!
Anatomy of a Feminist Icon 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.

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Interesting News and Other Reads

Here is an empowering article that shows how Dr. Claire Karekezi, survivor of the Rwanadan Genocide, will return to her home in July as the first and only female neurosurgeon in the entire country. Take a look for heartwarming inspiration.

We were thrilled to host Melissa Harris-Perry for an evening of conversation last Thursday. She is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, Editor-at-Large, and Author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. To celebrate her presence on campus, we have included her article for The Nation.

It’s commencement speech season at universities across the country (we’re so close, and yet so far….) and, and if you need some inspiration, check out soccer star Abby Wambach’s recent address.

Today, May 25, people in Ireland will cast their votes to decide whether the 8th amendment of the country’s constitution – which currently makes abortion illegal in almost all cases – should be repealed. And people from Ireland living all over the world are traveling long distances home to cast their vote and sharing their journeys with the hashtag #hometovote.


Femtastic Friday: May 18, 2018

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Happy Friday from the WCC!

This week, several notable activists, artists, and thinkers joined us on campus. We were honored to have Linda Sarsour join us at the WCC yesterday. She reminded us all, “Don’t respond to hate with hate. Respond to hate with conviction.” How are you responding with conviction in your life? What are you most passionate about? How do you center love and unapologetic dedication in your work- no matter what it is? Love is not always easy, and neither is confidence, but we at the WCC validate you and hear you in your pursuit of both.

Upcoming Events

A Feminist Conversation on Intersectional Politics: Melissa Harris-Perry in Conversation with Allyson Hobbs: Join us for an evening of conversation with feminist rockstar Melissa Harris-Perry and Stanford professor Allyson Hobbs on intersectional politics – how we push feminist causes forward in the current political environment, both on campus and nationally. Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, Editor-at-Large at, and author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.  (Wednesday, May 23, 5-6:30pm, Cubberley Auditorium)

End-of-Year Ice Cream Social and Crafternoon: Join us in an end-of-the-year celebration of our wonderful community. We will have a full ice cream sundae bar and house-made Belgian waffles (with non-dairy options as well), DIY crafts, music, and tea. Come through to enjoy the space, connect with other community members, and chill out during Week 8. (Friday, May 25, 1-4pm in the WCC Main Lounge)

#MeToo: A Conversation with Tarana Burke: Tarana Burke is an African American civil rights activist who in 2006 began using the phrase “Me Too” to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society.  The phrase has since developed into a broader movement, following the 2017 use of #MeToo as a hashtag following the year’s biggest sexual abuse allegations. Tarana Burke will be joined in conversation by Alisa Bierria, PhD, current University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. (Tuesday, May 29, 6:00-7:30pm in Cubberley Auditorium)

Interesting News and Other Reads

Interested in the intersection between nonprofits and feminism? Ever heard of the nonprofit industrial complex? Read this article on what it takes to decolonize a nonprofit through the lens of black queer feminist organizer, Neesha Powell.

Sex consent apps are here and this feminist is not feeling it. This article by Reina Gattuso details all the reasons why sex apps (which basically treat consent as an all-or-nothing contract) are actually really bad. Firstly they don’t treat consent and relationships as the nuanced things that they are, but there’s a whole lot more to unpack, like why tech companies are dictating our sex lives in the first place.

CW: Sexual Assault. This powerful article addresses a pretty salient concern about the #MeToo movement. Why don’t we hear fat women’s #MeToo stories? It’s not because they don’t exist. 67% of American women are plus size. Yet mainstream feminism fails to acknowledge of humanity of 67% of American women. This article talks about the common responses fat women get when sharing their sexual assault experiences.

Rebecca Solnit explores the interconnected nature of sexism and capitalism, and what happens when sex is viewed as a commodity.

There are 476 women running for House seats this year. This visual analysis explores the significance.

Here’s five great questions to ask a mentor!

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

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

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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 – 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

Event Recap — ‘Practicing for Life’ Event #3 on Being ‘Enough’

Hi all!


Just wanted to post a recap for any of y’all who weren’t able to attend the event on Friday.

We started out with a check-in about in what areas of our life we felt we were ‘not enough’. We followed that up with a reading from Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly on scarcity mentality and feeling like we will never be enough. After the reading, here are some questions we discussed:
What makes us feel like we are not enough?
Can feeling ‘not enough’ ever be motivating, or is it only damaging?
How does the act of deciding which activities to engage in set us up for feeling like certain activities will leave us feeling like we are enough?
What are some practical ways to begin from a place of feeling like we are enough?
Some important takeaways included that we can use healthy competition, not scarcity mentality, to improve ourselves while still feeling like we are enough. If you would like a PDF of the reading, please reach out to Lucas at for a scanned copy.
Please come through for our last event next Friday, 3.10 at 4 PM to talk about Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong.
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please email Lucas at