FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2014
Contact: Claire S. Gould
Pro-choice, Democratic Women’s Group Celebrates 25 Years of Opening Doors for Women
The Women’s Information Network (WIN) will celebrate 25 years of opening doors for women at the signature event Women Opening Doors for Women (WODW) tonight. This year’s theme “Widening the Circle: 25 Years of Opening Doors” pays tribute to the organization’s silver anniversary and renewed efforts in advancing diversity and inclusivity for all.
The annual event includes a networking reception and brief awards presentation, followed by over 20 simultaneous, intimate dinner parties held throughout the metro D.C. area. These small, informal dinners, each with a unique theme, pay homage to the organization’s establishment around the dinner table of Karen Mulhauser, WIN’s founder.
WIN was founded 25 years ago by a talented group of young, pro-choice, Democratic women who returned to Washington, D.C. after working on the Dukakis campaign. When they realized their male counterparts were getting all the best jobs in town, these women wanted to level the playing field, so they went to women who were already established in D.C. and asked for help. Over a small dinner party at Karen Mulhauser’s home, they shared stories, experiences, and ideas, how to find jobs, where to go to meet people, how they had planned their lives, and how they turned all the unplanned parts of their lives into success. These women committed to forming WIN to create opportunities for both young and established
women to continue meeting, mentoring, and sharing resources with like-minded women.
That sisterhood continues today as mentors and mentees alike share career resources and open doors for like-minded pro-choice, Democratic women members.“It’s an incredible accomplishment of 25 years’ worth of young women leaders in DC that we’re here tonight celebrating WIN’s silver anniversary,” said Amy Tannenbaum, Chair of WIN. “As we celebrate the past, we are also looking to the future: as an organization we are proud to continue our commitment to diversity and inclusivity, providing a space for our diverse membership to learn and thrive.”
Reception, 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
at the AFL-CIO at 815 16th St NW
WODW Dinners, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
at various locations throughout metro DC
WIN is DC’s premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to informing, connecting, and empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women. For more information, visit www.winonline.org.
WIN’s Women Opening Doors for Women (WODW) Event celebrates the founding of the organization 25 years ago around a dining room table, when women came together to help each other achieve professional success. WODW consists of two parts: a networking reception followed by simultaneous dinner parties. Immediately after the reception, the dinner parties take place in private homes and businesses throughout the DC area. WODW dinner parties are like the very first WIN event — an intimate, informal, issue-focused gathering.