CEW Shares a Story: "... fighting the fight on behalf of women."

As a strong advocate for social change, Twink Frey, together with her husband, James McKay, established the Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Fund at CEW in 2005. Each year, the fund supports a month-long residency at CEW for an activist to work on a significant project furthering gender equity. "CEW's research and advocacy," says Director Gloria Thomas, "makes life better for large numbers of women and is our complement to CEW's individually focused scholarships and counseling."

Since 2006, seven notable activists have been in residence at CEW.
Among them have been:

Anne Ladky is Executive Director of Women Employed, a Chicago-based organization that represents the interests of workers in low-wage and women-dominated sectors of the labor force.

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, led a successful campaign to establish laborstandards and benefits for nannies, housekeepers and eldercare providers in New York. In April 2012, Ms. Poo was named to TIME Magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Kim Bobo heads Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation's largest network of people of faith engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers.

Why a special CEW fund for social activists? "My passion has always been to meaningfully impact policy and advocacy on behalf of women," says Twink Frey. "It's important to move gender equity issues and social change into the forefront of U-M's activities across the state, and CEW is a dynamic and creative organization truly dedicated to changing lives."

For more information about upcoming projects and to read about other Twink Frey Visiting Social Activists, please visit http://www.cew.umich.edu/action/tfvsa.

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