Carolyn Cook is a feminist, elected official and social entrepreneur with a background in Communications and Human Resources. As the former HR Manager in Work/ Family Initiatives at the Discovery Channel, Carolyn implemented over 25 programs making her a key contributor to establishing Discovery’s award-winning reputation as ‘100 Best Company’s For Employees’.
Volunteering for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and managing the membership drive for the National Association of Commissions for Women prompted Cook to run for local elected office where she serves on a seven-member commission representing 14,000 residents.
Now serving her third term, Cook’s accomplishments include: preventing DC government from dismantling disability parking privileges and enacting higher fines for snow removal, preserving the serenity of a historic traffic circle, advocating for the development of a National Women’s Heritage Trail; testifying on behalf of labor to pay a living wage for DC retail workers, installing park benches, sidewalks and an enclosed bus shelter and most recently establishing the first senior program at her community center known as Club 60+.
As DC Coordinator for the ERA Campaign Network, Cook devised a new strategy for reviving the Equal Rights Amendment campaign by removing any deadline for ratification of the ERA in the final three states needed.
She established a social enterprise with her mother, United 4 Equality, LLC, to advocate for women’s work/life priorities via ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment by 2015. Cook’s original ERA joint resolution debuted in the 112th Congress. Two months later, she spearheaded the unanimous consent of the DC Council in support of Congressional action for the ERA to become the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Currently, United 4 Equality, LLC’s joint resolution is H.J. Res. 43 & S.J. Res. 15. [To find out if your members of Congress have co-sponsored the ERA by 2015 legislation, go to www.united4equality.com]
For Cook’s dedication to engaging and empowering women and girls through government social responsibility, Cook was chosen as one of the Top 10 Most Interesting People in Washington, DC in October 2010. A local office of MD Business and Professional Women honored Cook as their 2011 Woman of Achievement. Cook was honored by the Arlington County, VA Commission for Women as their 2012 Women of Vision in Business. Cook received the Mayor’s 2012 Community Service Award for her outstanding community service contributions.
Cook looks forward to working with her Sister Vision 2020 Delegates to bring greater awareness and expansion of women’s equality measures across the U.S. She thanks Drexel University’s team for selecting her to be part of this exciting women’s initiative.