HONORABLE JACKIE SPEIER CEDAW Award for Government
US House of Representatives
Congresswoman Jackie Speier represents the 14th Congressional District which includes the southern part of San Francisco and San Mateo County to Redwood City. Since her election to Congress in 2013, she has distinguished herself as a fighter for women’s rights, the public good, and national security. In Congress, she has exposed and demanded accountability for the epidemic of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, urged the passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, and led the fight to end gender discrimination in healthcare and biomedical research. She is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Armed Services Committee, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel where she has fought tirelessly to protect reproductive rights.
Prior to serving in Congress, she spent 18 years in both houses of the California Legislature where she authored over 300 bills that were signed into law, including a measure to recover $2 billion in delinquent court-ordered child support payments. In 1978, she was an Aide to Congressman Leo Ryan and nearly lost her life attempting to rescue former followers of the Reverend Jim Jones in his controversial commune in Jonestown, Guyana. She recounts this experience and strategies for resilience in her popular 2009 book This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down.
In 2012, Newsweek named her among the top 150 “Fearless Women” in the world. Congresswoman Speier received a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and a JD from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is married to Barry Dennis and has two children.
President US National Committee for UN Women San Francisco Bay Area
A global women's human rights activities for twenty years, Amy Logan is on a mission to empower women, girls and male allies through her corporate gender equality consulting, non-profit board leadership, public speaking, advocacy, campaigning, film making, writing, research, leadership development and executive coaching.
Amy is President of the US National Committee for UN Women San Francisco Bay Area where she has led a turnaround of the organization and presented the HeForShe Champions for Change Celebration.
She was a 2016 Delegate to the United Nations' 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women and the White House Summit - The United State of Women. Amy serves as the Chair of the Global Advisory Board of the Women's E-Learning in Leadership Project at George Mason University, and as a member of the global advisory boards of World Leaning, Women's Voices Now, the Muslim American Leadership Alliance and the documentary "Honor Diaries." She is planning a high-level global panel on women's economic empowerment in Spring 2017.
Amy was the first to establish a thoughtful theory on the origins of "honor violence" based on scholarly research and published it in the The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, her critically acclaimed novel about the search for the divine feminine and the ancient, lost origins of "honor killing" in the Middle East, lauded by former Egyptian First Lady Jihan Sedat, Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
Amy is the Founder and CEO of Gender Innovation, a consulting firm that helps organizations integrate gender equality and partnership into their cultures and systems to enhance corporate social responsibility, performance, engagement, retention, innovation and competitiveness.