American Association of University Women Honors The Ophelia Project

Erie, PA, July 28, 2007 --( The Ophelia Project President and CEO Mary A. Baird stood in front of hundreds of prominent individuals in education July 2 to accept the American Association of University Women’s Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award. The award was presented to The Ophelia Project at the AAUW’s 2007 National Conference in Phoenix for the organization’s “ongoing, lasting impact on the lives of girls and women.”

"The AAUW Educational Foundation Board of Directors was honored to present the 2007 Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award to The Ophelia Project. The Ophelia Project captures the goal of the AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fund through its desire to provide educational equity by reducing relational aggression and creating safe spaces for all women and girls to attain their full intellectual and developmental capacity,” said Gloria Blackwell, director of fellowships and grants, AAUW Educational Foundation.

Dr. Robert Light, senior associate dean, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, nominated The Ophelia Project for the award.

“From the inspiration of the organization’s founder, Susan Wellman, to the leadership of President and CEO Mary Baird, every individual associated with The Ophelia Project has a passionate and abiding dedication to helping youth succeed in school and in their adult lives,” said Light in his nomination letter.

The Ophelia Project has been helping youth for 10 years. Founded in 1997, The Ophelia Project emerged as one community’s decision to increase social and emotional support for adolescent girls. Today, The Ophelia Project raises awareness about relational aggression, provides educational resources and original programs and promotes healthy peer relationships for all youth, both boys and girls.

About the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award
Established in 1989, the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to equity and education for women and girls. The award is given for a broad range of activities including classroom teaching, educational and research contributions, and legal and legislative work in equity for women and girls. While the award focuses on education, the recipient need not be an educator.

About The Ophelia Project
The Ophelia Project® is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Erie, Pa. Recognized as a leader in assessing social conditions and advocating healthy, safe relationships, the organization partners with educational, civic and community leaders to educate and empower kids and adults across North America. Visit or call 888-256-KIDS (5437) to learn more.

The Ophelia Project
Daniel J. Stasiewski