WIN membership benefits pro-choice, Democratic women as they climb the ladder of success, professionally and politically by providing opportunities to network with other women, serve in a leadership position, gain valuable professional and political skills, and give back to our broader movement for political and professional equality. Here is what some members have to say.
“WIN is wonderful. It is filled with such dynamic rising leaders for the progressive movement. It provides support and networking so these women can advance and we can promote their talents. I have been in the progressive change movement for nearly 50 years(!) and I go to WIN to hire staff and to help build the next generation who will carry on this movement. It is terrific to be connected on the Advisory Committee—so we connect across the generations for a stronger voice for pro-choice, Democratic women.”
–Heather Booth, AC Member and Founding Director and President of the Midwest Academy
“As a past chair of WIN, I had the unique opportunity to put my leadership into practice. WIN allowed me to embrace my ambition and realize my vision of building one of the strongest women’s movements in Washington. Being a member of WIN is so much more than networking or finding a job, it’s about realizing our potential as young women and investing in ourselves to be leaders for change.”
-Kristy Pagan, WIN Chair 2008-2009, Michigan House of Delegates
“WIN gives me hope for the future–it has since the day it was formed by young women, for young women to make Washington DC more welcoming to young, pro-choice, Democratic women. There is no question in my mind that the leadership development and mentoring opportunities that WIN provides has allowed so many capable women in this town to advance in their careers as rapidly as they have. I am proud that each year the Karen Mulhauser Award is given to a woman who has done the most to help young women.”
-Karen Mulhauser, AC Chair Emerita
“I can’t say enough good things about WIN! The gifts it has given me have been life-changing—from my closest friends in the city, to the confidence and expertise to launch my own business. The other women in WIN have inspired me to think bigger than I would have on my own and the opportunity to lead WIN gave me concrete skills that have helped me professionally. If you’re a pro-choice Democratic young woman in DC, please join WIN: our movement needs YOU and at the same time, you will realize how many other women are here, just wanting to support you!”
-Alayna Buckner, WIN Chair 2009-2010
“WIN is an amazing network. It has done so much to strengthen the ties between emerging and seasoned women leaders not only in Washington but all over the globe. Even now, 20+ years later, being a part of the WIN community continues to be one of the most rewarding parts of my life. I still call on former and current WIN members and WIN women of achievement—there is truly nothing like the deep and lasting relationships you form with strong, progressive, and motivated women who support each other.”
– Vanessa Kirsch, Founder & Managing Director, New Profit Inc.
“WIN is an organization that walks the talk when it comes to connecting and training young women. I had been a member for only two weeks when I became a network chair—WIN empowered me, as a new transplant to D.C., to immediately have ownership over programming and a small part of WIN’s direction. Over the years it has offered me incredible opportunities for leadership development and personal growth, and the chance to meet great friends. Every year, my WIN membership is the best investment.”
-Amy Tannenbaum, WIN Chair 2013-2014
“I struggled for years to get a job on the Hill. After joining the WOmen’s Information Network, I met with a member of the Advisory Council who showed me how to improve my resume, and ended up getting a job through the WINlist that changed my life! I will always be grateful for the doors that WIN opened for me and continue to recommended membership to every young, Democratic, prochoice woman I meet in DC.”
“I love WIN because of its membership of passionate women who genuinely want to help each other navigate issues that affect young women trying to advance professionally and politically in DC and beyond. The experiences I’ve had in WIN leadership have helped me advance in my career and be a stronger advocate for progressive issues that matter to me.”
-Claire S. Gould, WIN Communications Director, 2013-2015
If WIN has benefited you professionally or politically, we want to hear from you! Share your story with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.