Ultimate Femo Hack-tastic Trip: 3 sleeps to go…
Not long now before I board the plane for New York on Thursday. I thought I’d take this opportunity to let you all know what my plans are for the U.S. trip before I kick off the official travel blog.
I’ll be leaving Melbourne on Thursday morning and arriving in New York Thursday evening around 9.30pm, with a few stops in between. New York has been on the must-visit list for me ever since I became obsessed with Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sex and the City about seven years back, so much of the five nights and four full days I will be spending there will be taken up by touristing and hitting the vintage shops - where I won’t be able to afford a thing, but will be sharing the same space Rachel Zoe has frequented, and that’s worth something. I’m still hoping to be spending a day volunteering for a Democratic Congressional candidate while I’m there but they are yet to finalise details with me so will keep you posted.
Then it’s off to Washington DC for four nights, where on my first day I will be joining the sisters at EMILY’s List U.S. to check out their Communications Department (they have a whole Department!) and generally pretending I am C.J. Cregg. On my third day in DC I’ll be meeting with the Women’s Media Centre to hear about their work and chat about how the campaign has been covered. Whilst I’m only looking at Australian political campaigns in my PhD, it’s still of interest to see how it’s done overseas, particularly with the impact that feminist politics is having in this Presidential campaign. I’ll also be visiting the Newseum and the standard DC tourist sites.
Final stop is New Haven, Connecticut for
pretending to be Rory Gilmore meeting Josh Lyman The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Former housemates will attest to the fact that I’ve been waiting several years to apply for this amazing opportunity and with an election on this year, the timing was too good to pass up. I’m super-thrilled to have been accepted and am looking forward to a full-on, inspiring, tiring week of learning lots that I can bring back to Australia and use at work and on future campaigns. I think I’m going to meet some amazing people.
So fingers crossed the technology holds out - because goodness knows my phone provider hasn’t stacked up against previous international encounters - otherwise I’ll be running to the nearest Starbucks to keep you all up-to-date.
Now to try and narrow down the number of books I’m packing…