May 17, 2019 - Guest: Marjorie Margolies

Topics: People Empowerment, Teachers Taking Action, Gender Equality in the Boardroom

Show Notes

On this episode of Solutions News, we feature a fantastic interview with Women's Campaign International founder and women's rights activist Marjorie Margolies. In addition, we examine the recent collective actions taken by teachers in communities across the United States and how this is leading to long needed change, explore the benefit for profits and society when companies add women to the boardroom and the c-suite, and spotlight local activist Abe Powell, who shows what a difference one person with the right attitude and positive energy can make. We also have some great "didyaknows"!

Teachers striking at New Haven Unified’s schools in Union City and South Hayward

Teachers striking at New Haven Unified’s schools in Union City and South Hayward

Marjorie Margolies

Ms. Margolies is a global trailblazer in women's rights who articulates the powerful effect women have when they are fully included in every deliberative process.


In 1992, Marjorie was the first woman ever elected to Congress from Pennsylvania in her own right. Marjorie served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Government Operations.


In 1995, Marjorie served as the Director of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. At this pivotal conference for women’s rights, 189 countries signed a Platform for Action that pledged to further the rights of women around the world. 


Inspired by peer leaders in U.S. Congress and at the Beijing conference and committed to the work that had to be done, in 1998 Marjorie founded Women’s Campaign International. Since then, WCI’s programs have been helping women find their voices by giving them tangible skills in political leadership, conflict mitigation, economic empowerment and civic engagement.


In 2016, President Obama appointed Marjorie to serve on the Presidential Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.


In addition to her work with WCI, Ms. Margolies was a journalist with NBC and its owned and operated stations. She was a contributing correspondent to the Today Show, Sunday Today, A Closer Look, CNBC and Real Life with Jane Pauley. Marjorie’s reporting won numerous awards including five Emmys. She also taught at the University of Pennsylvania for twenty years. She has worked as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and received a Presidential Appointment to the VEF Foundation.


She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, a CBS News Foundation Fellow at Columbia University and is the author of four books.


Marjorie is the mother of 11 children with 20 grandchildren and one on the way.

Marjorie Margolies, our guest on May 17, 2019

Marjorie Margolies, our guest on May 17, 2019