Bettina Hager, Programs Director
PO Box 50476, Washington, DC 20091
Bettina Hager is the Programs Director at the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC). At NWPC, she advocates on the necessity of women’s political participation at all levels of government. In the 2012 election cycle, she oversaw the endorsement of over 70 women for national office, 45 of whom won their race. Hager also works with the international community, having met with delegations of women from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Israel and Palestine, African and European Union countries through the State Department to discuss the importance of women’s political involvement.
Hager serves as the co-chair of the Equal Rights Amendment Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. In this role, she has spoken at a national rally, congressional briefing and conducted focused lobby training workshops to raise awareness on the issue of Constitutional equality.
Hager graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a major in Biology and concentration in Women’s Studies. While there, she became acutely aware of the importance of social reform and civic participation during the time she spent as a Math and Science tutor to at-risk students at an inner city St. Paul High School.
Stephanie Franklin, Political Planning and Action Intern
Stephanie Franklin is a D.C. area native, and graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland last spring. She is now a rising sophomore at Harvard University. Stephanie has not yet declared a major, but she has strong interests in both government and engineering and is very excited to be working closely on the former with the NWPC.
In high school, Stephanie was very involved in competitive debate, and she has also worked to increase female involvement in the typically male-dominated activity. At Harvard, she writes editorials for her student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson, mentors high school students in debate, and experiments with various sports.
Caitlin Highland, Political Planning and Action Intern
Caitlin Highland is originally from a suburb of Atlanta, GA. She currently attends Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, where she studies government and international relations. She has previously interned at the Feminist Majority Foundation and Trust Women PAC. She has also led her college's Women's Caucus for two years.
At the National Women's Political Caucus, Caitlin has been lobbying for the Equal Rights Amendment and equal pay while helping to coordinate the EMMAs and the NWPC Biennial Convention.