Monday, June 24, 2013

Network of Enlightened Women

I don't think I've ever talked about this here...but I'm in a club at Sweet Briar called the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW).  NeW is a a club for conservative college students.  The club started in 2004 at the University of Virginia as a book club.  In 2013, the club has chapters on over 20 campuses from Florida to Georgia to Arizona.

The NeW chapter at Sweet Briar is in it's early stages.  But so far we've already had Mary Beth Carozza, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, come to speak to our chapter.  I was recently chosen to serve as president, so I'm already thinking about some things we can do.  In addition to chapter-wide events, NeW has nation-wide events such as the national conference and the Gentlemen's Showcase.  Sweet Briar didn't participate in the Gentlemen's Showcase last year since we....don't have any guys on campus to nominate.  I'm hoping that we can wrangle a gentleman from our brother school to participate next year!

Chapters of NeW meet to discuss books and articles that discuss the opportunities and challenges are women are faced with today.  I'm already compiling a list of books (even if just a few pages/chapters) and articles for our club to start with next semester.  (Do you have any suggestions?  I'm hoping to start with a chapter of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In.)

I'll be heading down to Washington, D.C., for the national conference this week!  I'm excited to meet with the leaders from other chapters of NeW and see some of my Sweet Briar friends at the conference.

Does your school have a chapter of NeW or a similar club?


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