Sharon Crane Featured on GW Today for Pro Bono Work Assisting STEM Students Designing a Better World

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Partner Sharon Crane is featured in GW Today's Pause for Applause, celebrating the outstanding achievements of The George Washington University's faculty, staff, students, and alumni, for her pro bono work assisting STEM students at The Pennington School. The students are designing a better world that works for everyone, and in the process, providing support for refugees in Malawi.

Sharon, a George Washington University Law School graduate, leads the intellectual property pro bono work for The Pennington School and recently filed a utility and a design patent for the WISSP pad, an invention by students of the WISSP (Women in STEM Solving Problems) group. The WISSP pad is a semi-reusable menstrual pad for the girls and women at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi. Not only does the innovative product allow teenage girls to stay in school, but it creates an economic infrastructure for refugee women who can sew and sell the pad. Another group of students at The Pennington School designed a sturdy desk, precisely engineered to optimize space and provide seating in the classrooms at the refugee camp. A financial donation from Rothwell Figg, Sharon, and firm partner R. Danny Huntington filled a classroom with desks.

Sharon recently traveled to Malawi to see first-hand the effects of the STEM students' innovation on the lives of those in the refugee camp. 

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