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American University's Women & Politics Institute Honors Alice Paul Award Recipients

WHAT:  2009 Alice Paul Awards: An American University Celebration of Women

WHO:  Neil Kerwin, president, American University

William LeoGrande, dean, School of Public Affairs, American University

Karen O’Connor
, founder and director, Women & Politics Institute

Representative Betsy Markey, Alumna Award Recipient, Colorado 4th District, U.S. House of Representatives

Marty Langelan, Faculty Award Recipient, professor, Women & Politics Institute, American University

My-Lien Le, Staff Award Recipient, events specialist, School of Public Affairs, American University

Cori Racela, Graduate Student Award Recipient,  J.D. candidate, American University Washington College of Law

Miriam Wood, Undergraduate Award Recipient, senior, School of International Service

WHERE:    Rooms 2 and 3, Mary Graydon Center, University Club
              American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue  NW, Washington, DC 20016

  6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21

  Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

Washington, D.C.—The Women & Politics Institute will honor the student, alumnus, faculty, and staff recipients of the 2009 Alice Paul Awards on Tuesday, April 21, at American University.

American University’s Women & Politics Institute and Women’s Initiative present the Alice Paul Awards to people who exemplify the spirit, work, and vision of Alice Paul.  Alice Paul, an American University Washington College of Law alumna, was a leader in the suffrage movement.  She authored the Equal Rights Amendment, served as president of the National Woman’s Party, and played a vital role in the passage of the 19th Amendment. The award is given yearly to those members of the American University.

Recipients of the 2009 Alice Paul Award are:

Representative Betsy Markey was elected to Congress in November 2008 and represents the fourth congressional district of Colorado. Before becoming a congresswoman, Markey served the people of the 4th Congressional District as U.S. Senator Ken Salazar’s regional director for northern and eastern Colorado. She earned her master’s in public adminstration from AU’s School of Public Affairs in 1983.

Marty Langelan is currently a faculty member with the Women & Politics Institute and AU’s Washington Semester program. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on sexual harassment, pornography, violence against women, women and the media, and the international women’s rights movement. She is a former president and vice president of the National Woman’s Party, the organization founded by Alice Paul.

My-Lien Le, Le is the events specialist at the office of development in the School of Public Affairs. She is also a dual-degree graduate student at AU, enrolled in the SPA master’s of political science program and the School of International Service master’s in comparative & regional studies program. In 2008, My-Lien completed SPA’s Women in Politics Institute graduate certificate program. She received her B.A. in political science from James Madison University, while also participating in a variety of international internship opportunities.

Corilee Racela, a law student and president of the WCL Women’s Law Association, dedicated the organization to a practical focus on women as law students and lawyers.  For two years, Racela produced the law school production of The Vagina Monologues, raising nearly $3,000 each year for local organizations that provide legal services to sexual assault survivors.  As editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, she also established a partnership with the ABA Domestic Violence Commission to institutionalize scholarship on violence against women.  

Miriam Wood, a senior in the School of International Service, is a tireless advocate for marginalized people and a leader in her faith community during her study abroad experience, on campus, and in the greater D.C. community. She is an active member and leader in the United Methodist community on campus and in the church at large. Wood advocates for inclusion of all people and has been involved with the Reconciling Ministries Network, a United Methodist organization working for full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people in the life of the church.

American University’s Women & Politics Institute advances the study and discussion of women and politics, promotes opportunities for women in politics, and trains young women to become political leaders.  American University’s Women’s Initiative is a bipartisan student organization that works to promote women’s issues and ideas through on-campus programming, policy, and oversight.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.