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Simmons Becomes National Ally in Women’s Equality Movement

September 4, 2012

Photo Caption: College of Arts and Sciences Dean Renée White with Gender and Cultural Studies graduate student Katherine Phelps in Washington, D.C.

Simmons recently became a National Ally of Vision 2020, a national initiative for women's economic and social equality that works with affiliated organizations to advance issues of importance to women.

As an ally, Simmons will assist in Vision 2020's Campaign for Equality, a movement that aims to bring America closer to equality by 2020, the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment. Specifically, the Campaign seeks to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions, achieve pay equality, mobilize women to vote, and educate employers about the value of policies that enable men and women to share family responsibilities. The Campaign was launched in 2010 with support from a congress of national delegates representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


In spring 2012, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Renée White, and Gender and Cultural Studies graduate student Katherine Phelps, attended a Vision 2020 White House briefing on Women's Issues. They worked with Vision 2020 during the summer to develop a handbook for establishing clubs on college campuses and will advise the organization as they launch college chapters in the coming year. In November, Dean White and Phelps plan to attend the 3rd Annual Vision 2020 National Congress in Portland, Oregon.

"We're excited to work in support of student leadership to build a campus chapter," White said. "The mission of Vision 2020 aligns perfectly with our own."

In becoming a National Ally of Vision 2020, Simmons joins other notable organizations including the American Association of University Women, the Black Women's Health Imperative, the Wellesley Centers for Women, and Girl Scouts USA. Simmons has also been asked to start one of Vision 2020's first college student chapters.

Vision 2020 is a project of Drexel University College of Medicine's Institute for Women's Health and Leadership. Click here for more information.