Annual STAR Party

Empowering women to shine

The Jeannette Rankin Foundation motto is to do good work, have fun and empower women to shine through education. We celebrate this motto every year at our public STAR Party.

The STAR Party is our annual fundraiser for Scholar Grants and celebration of women who are a bright light in our Scholar and alumni community.

Save the Date: November 3, 2022

Join the celebration and support JRF Scholars at the upcoming STAR Party. Sponsorship opportunities are available now. Elevate your brand with a national audience who believes in the power of women and education!

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2021 STAR Party

In 2021, we came together virtually and raised an impressive $110,000 for Scholar Grants. Thanks to the work of our incredible team, the event was awarded the 2021 Allie Award Best Virtual or Hybrid Event.

2021 STARS

We honor these bright stars in our JRF community.


STAR Emcee

Monica Kaufman Pearson

In 2021, Monica Kaufman Pearson returned as our riveting Star Party emcee. Monica is a trailblazer for women in journalism. She was the first woman and the first minority to anchor the daily evening news for WSB-TV, Atlanta’s ABC affiliate. Monica has made a major impact on the Atlanta community through her unique gifts and talents, and she was our 2020 Star Party honoree.

STAR Party Shining Star Award Winner

Lucille O’Neal

Lucille O’Neal is an American doctor, author, spokesperson, socialite and the president of the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players Association. O’Neal was born in Dublin, Georgia, and spent her childhood and early adulthood in the Central Ward of Newark, New Jersey. She has fourteen grandchildren and four children, former NBA center Shaquille (a.k.a. Shaq), Lateefah, Jamal and Ayesha.


Shining Star Alum Award Winner

Khadijah Abdur-Rahman

“Commissioner Khadijah” is a business owner and community advocate, who was elected overwhelmingly by the people of Southwest Atlanta and the communities in South Fulton County in November 2020. She secured the seat after a record-setting victory in the June 2020 Democratic Primary, winning by 16 points. Khadijha also made history by becoming the first Muslim woman elected in Georgia. Khadijah is a JRF Scholar and a shining example of how education empowers women to do great things.