Hon. Marjorie Margolies had been working in journalism and politics before she founded Women’s Campaign International (WCI). In her role as the first woman elected to Congress from Pennsylvania, Marjorie served as the Director of the United States delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. At the conference, 189 countries signed a Platform for Action that pledged to further the rights of women around the world. The international commitment to support women inspired Marjorie to found Women’s Campaign International in 1998 to empower women. Over the past two decades, WCI has helped women find their voices by giving them tangible skills in political leadership, conflict mitigation, economic empowerment, and civic engagement.
Marjorie’s professional and personal life has always been intertwined and have contributed to her trailblazing ways. At the age of 28, Marjorie covered a story on Korean orphans and was so moved that she became the first single woman in the United States to adopt a foreign child, a Korean girl. She went on to adopt four children from Vietnam, which she raised with her ex-husband in addition to two children born to them and four from his previous marriage. Marjorie testified before Congress and was credited with helping change legislation on adoption and immigration practices.
Marjorie is a visionary. She is a Jewish woman social entrepreneur – a woman who uses her Jewish values and a gender lens to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. If you would like to meet Marjorie in person, please join us at Women on the Margins on December 5th from 10am-12pm at our office, 130 East 59th Street. All are welcome; there is no charge to attend; please rsvp to Natasha@JewishWomenNY.org to reserve a spot.