Mayor Heidi Davison to present Proclamation with JRF

JRF | Mar 05 2010 |

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund invites you attend an event in recognition of International Women’s Day. Mayor Heidi Davison will present a Proclamation expressing the importance of education to women’s progress worldwide. The event will take place on March 8, 2010 at 11:00 am at Athens City Hall.

International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This year’s theme is “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All.”

We hope you will join us in honor of International Women’s Day!

When: Monday, March 8 at 11:00 am
Where: Athens City Hall

Athens City Hall
301 College Avenue
Athens, GA 30601


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Mother’s Day Cards - Now Available!

Mother’s Day Cards - Now Available!

JRF | Mar 03 2010 |

It’s that time of year to show extra special appreciation for moms everywhere, so JRF wanted to give you the option of honoring your mom with a gift that will help women nationwide change their lives.

The message inside will read:

You are an inspiration to me and to those around you as a strong, supportive, exceptional woman.

On Mother’s Day this year, I am honoring you with a special gift that will help another exceptional woman. My donation to Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund in your honor will help provide scholarships to low-income women who are advancing their careers and supporting their families, just as you have lovingly supported me.

Happy Mother’s Day!

When you’re purchasing, please include in the comments section:

your card choice, if you want an additional message written and what name you want to be signed. If you don’t include the last two, we’ll simply sign your first name, with no handwritten note. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Click here to look at the card options.

Click here to purchase your Mother’s Day gift.


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Take Action! – Students and Colleges Can’t Afford to Wait!

JRF | Feb 26 2010 |

Last September, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (H.R. 3221) was passed in the House. Accounting for one of the single largest investments in higher education ever, this act will make college more affordable for millions of people – with no cost to taxpayers. Because the Senate has yet to vote on the measure, it is critical that you urge your senators to support this legislation! Help make the dream of college a reality for many.

By eliminating taxpayer-funded subsidies for private lenders, H.R. 3221 will save the government and taxpayers almost $87 billion dollars over the next decade. In turn, these savings will be redirected to students and their families through various grants, loans and scholarships. Not only will the bill come at no cost to taxpayers, but also $10 billion of the savings will be directly donated to the federal deficit. In addition, the legislation allows for a focus on women and underrepresented students when awarding college access and completion grants.

In the recent economic recession, college applications and enrollments have skyrocketed as individuals look to increase their skill set. Consequently, debt levels have more than doubled for graduating seniors with student loans. As women are more likely to borrow than men, and will make less on average after graduation, female graduates are more likely to struggle with their loan debt.

Take Action! Urge your senators to support increasing access to higher education for millions of students. Copy and paste the “Take Action” link below into your internet browser, and follow the instructions to send your message.


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Calling All Volunteers!

JRF | Feb 19 2010 |

Interested in volunteering with Jeannette Rankin Foundation? Over the next month, JRF will receive hundreds of scholarship applications from low-income women all over the country who are changing their lives through education. The selection process involves three successive levels of review by volunteers. New volunteers who live in the Athens area are invited to participate at Level 1. (With one year of experience, you can begin participating at Level 2, and with three years of experience, you can begin participating at Level 3.)

How Level 1 Works:

Orientation: First, you’ll attend an orientation to learn about the qualities JRF looks for in scholarship candidates. Please choose from one of the following orientation sessions:

Thursday, March 18: 5:30pm – 7pm

Saturday, March 20: 10am – 11am

  • please note: Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old, live in the Athens area, and be able to attend one of the two orientation sessions listed above before the application review begins.

Application Review: Next, you’ll be given a set of scholarship applications (approximately 10 – 15) to take home. Another volunteer, who has been assigned as your partner, will be given the same set of applications. After both of you have read the applications, you will discuss them and decide together which applicants will move on to Level 2.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Andrea Anderson at for more information.


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Life and Legacy of Jeannette Rankin Celebrated in March Program Series

Life and Legacy of Jeannette Rankin Celebrated in March Program Series

JRF | Feb 17 2010 |

“The Life and Legacy of Jeannette Rankin,” the first woman elected to Congress, will be celebrated throughout the year with a series of programs marking the 130th anniversary of her birth on June 11, 1880. The events will kick off in March during Women’s History Month, which has the theme “Writing Women Back into History.” Programs will address Rankin’s Georgia connections and concern for women workers, suffrage and participatory democracy, pacifist philosophy, women’s legal status, America’s role in the world and workplace justice.

Rankin was elected to Congress in 1916 and 1940. Although she is perhaps best remembered for her votes against entering World War I and World War II, Rankin was also an advocate for women’s and children’s rights and was founding vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union. After she died in 1973, the sale of her Georgia property for $16,000 provided seed money for the Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF), which awards scholarships to low-income women 35 and older enrolled in educational programs. JRF awarded its first scholarship of $500 in 1978 and in 2009 gave $2,000 scholarships to 80 women.

The commemoration has been organized by the JR130 committee, which includes JRF’s “Founding Mothers” Susan Bailey, Gail Dendy, Margaret Holt, Heather Kleiner and Reita Rivers.

The JRF founders agree that 2010 is an appropriate year to honor Rankin’s legacy and that her commitment to peace and economic justice are particularly relevant in today’s contentious world. “Our democratic election system is troubled if not broken—from bitter partisanship to the distorted role of hidden money sources,” said Gail Dendy. “Jeannette’s proposals for direct election of the president and for preferential voting address these concerns, and technological advances now make her ideas even more compelling.”

This program series is presented by the JR130 committee with generous support and assistance from the following co-sponsors: Jeannette Rankin Foundation, Athens-Clarke County Library, Oconee County Library; and the following University of Georgia Units – Institute for Women’s Studies, Willson Center for Arts and Humanities, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Department of History, and Women’s Studies Student Organization. All programs are free and open to the public. Each will be followed by a light reception.

For more information visit, or call (706) 542-5788.

Writer: Elaine Kalber,
Contacts: Jan Levinson, (706) 542-5788,


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