50 Women50 StatesThe 2020 ONE WOMAN ONE VOTE Festival is honored to be supported by our National Committee of 50 Women from 50 States and the District of Columbia. They are leaders in Government, Business and the Arts and Entertainment Communities and dedicated to educating, improving and empowering future generations of women.
Myrna L.District of Columbia
Myrna L. Fawcett specializes in Elderlaw, trusts and estate planning, asset protection and representation of adults with special needs. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Barnard College of Columbia University. Among her volunteer and pro bono activities have been: attorney volunteer at the Probate Resource Center, DC Superior Court; Member and past Chair, the Board of Trustees, Washington Parks and People; Member, the Board of Trustees and Chair, compensation committee, Barnard College of Columbia University; Member, Board of Directors, Foggy Bottom West End Village; Member. Board of Directors, D.C. Jewish Community Center; Member. Advisory Board, Mitchell Gallery, St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland; Member, Advisory Board, Seabury Elder Resources, Washington and Member, Board of Directors of her residential Cooperative building She has been a member of Leadership Greater Washington and the Theater J Council. She also received an Alumnae Award for her service to Barnard College. Ms. Fawcett is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York bars, and of the National Academy of Elder Lawyers. She has participated in multiple programs on issues involving hoarding, advanced directives, bioethical issues and financial options for seniors as well as being mentioned in several national magazines.
PamelaHorowitzDistrict of Columbia
Pamela Horowitz was one of the first lawyers hired at the Southern Poverty Law Center by founders Joe Levin and Morris Dees. During her tenure there, she successfully argued an historic gender discrimination case before the U.S. Supreme Court. She now sits on the SPLC Board. Her 30-year legal career also included being a Legislative Counsel with the ACLU and a partner with a Washington, DC law firm. She also worked in partnership with her late husband, Julian Bond on multiple public, private, and academic projects and is involved in several activities honoring his legacy.
Terry Brackett is a retired Washington, D.C. energy lawyer and former legal advisor to Dr. Matthew Holden at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She has done extensive volunteer work concentrating on issues impacting women, including sexual violence and sex trafficking. Ms. Brackett is a member of the Board of the US National Committee for UN Women and serves on the Advisory Board for the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company, WUSF Public Radio Station and Protect Our Defenders. She was also the Festival Director for 9 years of Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival and is currently on their Advisory Board.
Mary Braxton-Joseph is an Emmy-award winning television journalist and media consultant who has worked in both the United States and South Africa. She co-founded a South African film production company while living in South Africa. She conducted the initial research ---including an interview with President Nelson Mandela---for “Apartheid’s Last Stand,” a documentary on Robben Island prisoners for the Discovery Channel. She also served as South Africa Project Coordinator for “Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace,” a documentary on race and reconciliation that featured Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Dr. John Hope Franklin. Mary currently serves as Chair of the IlumiNation Advisory Committee on the Board of the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. She also screens and presents films for the "Through Women's Eyes" Film Festival---a festival that showcases films written, directed and/or produced by women.
Michele Janin is a community leader living in Indianapolis. Early in her career, she worked in public relations and philanthropy, in the US, Asia and England. Later she turned her focus to volunteering with educational and community-based organizations. Her recent work includes board positions with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, WFYI Public Media, and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. Michele is particularly interested in advancing issues of social justice and women’s rights, and is thrilled to be part of this effort to celebrate voting rights for women.
Chloe Maxmin grew up on her family;s farm in Nobleboro and has devoted her life to fighting for Maine. She started the Climate Action Club at Lincoln Academy and worked with students, teachers, community members, and businesses on local & environmental and climate issues. She then attended Harvard College and co-founded Divest Harvard, a campaign calling on Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels that ultimately drew 70,000 supporters. The day after she graduated, Chloe moved back to Maine. She has organized on many issues facing Maine--including Medicaid expansion, Universal Home Care, energy policy, and rural transportation options. Now she is running for the Maine House of Representatives in District 88.
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Debbie has lived in the Washington DC area for the past three decades; she grew up in Ontario, Canada. Debbie worked as a computer engineer in NASA's communication division at Goddard Space Flight Center until she retired in 1999. Debbie is the Vice President of the Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman Foundation. Debbie is a major supporter of the arts and humanities in the Washington, DC area serving on the Board of Directors of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Honorary Board of the Halcyon Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery County Public Schools Educational Foundation, the Board of Directors of Washington Performing Arts, the Board of Montgomery Community Media, The Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Theatre and the National Council of the White House Historical Association. She and Frank Islam are members of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts, the Abraham Lincoln National Council at Ford’s Theater, the Wilson Center National Cabinet and the Madison Council at the Library of Congress.
Karen Kalish is a serial social entrepreneur focused on literacy, closing the academic, opportunity, and achievement gaps in the nation’s schools, and ending all forms of discrimination, especially racial. She is the founder of three nonprofits and one program: Operation Understanding DC in Washington, D.C. and Cultural Leadership, HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program, and Books and Badges in St. Louis.
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Pamela Rice is a multi-talented designer devoted to making a difference in the community in a wide range of areas including the environment, the arts and media. She has designed nature trails, gardens, and drought tolerant landscape installations for local communities; costume and set design for theatre and film and recently created the television series, Waterway Gourmet, exploring the history, culture and foods of Europe through traveling its historic canals. Dedicated to serving diverse communities in New Jersey, California, and now New Hampshire, she was awarded the Paul Harris lifetime Award for community service work.
Alexis McGillJohnsonNew York
Alexis McGill Johnson is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Perception Institute. A thought leader and a bridge builder whose work spans politics, academia, social activism, and cultural strategies, her career focuses on improving the lives of young people, with an emphasis on youth of color. Alexis has explored the shifting paradigms of identity politics in the post-civil rights era, increasing civic engagement among youth and people of color, and the implications for demographic and ideological changes of these constituencies on national politics As Political Director of Russell Simmon’s Hip Hop Summit, Alexis helped launch a new model for reaching young people and people of color resulting in the most significant increase in youth voter engagement in a decade.