Open Meeting of the Barnard Club of Connecticut on the Sisterhood of Activism
This talk examines the Women’s March on Washington and its influence on the future of women’s issues and gender politics.
Millions of women marched in cities across America on January 21 to express their concern for the future of women’s rights and social issues including family leave, access to affordable reproductive health care, economic parity and social justice. Since then, a multitude of organizations and platforms have sprung up to give further voice to the new women’s movement.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Barnard College Club of Connecticut, a group of alumnae from the independent women’s college at Columbia University, is sponsoring this discussion.
Confirmed panelists for the afternoon include:
Caroline Simmons serves as state representative, 144th District, Stamford, and House chair of the Commerce Committee. Caroline worked for the Women’s Business Development Council in Stamford where she helped provide entrepreneurial, financial, and professional development training programs for women in Connecticut. She currently serves on the WBDC’s board. Previously, Caroline worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for four and a half years. As Director of Special Projects in the Counterterrorism Coordinator’s Office at Homeland Security, Caroline provided support for DHS’s domestic and international counterterrorism
Elizabeth Krumeich, a corporate counsel who has been actively involved in the Greenwich community, recently marched with a Greenwich contingent in the Women’s March on Washington and also participated in the March for Refugees in New Haven. She is currently serving as a member of the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation that sets the budget for the town. She also is a past president of the League of Women Voters Greenwich Chapter.
Carolyn Treiss is president of the newly formed Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut Inc. and previously served as executive director of the former state Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut, which was disbanded last year. Her passion for women’s rights activism was sparked after college as a volunteer for NARAL Pro-Choice CT, and her commitment to women’s rights issues grew during a graduate school internship in which she advocated in the Connecticut General Assembly for victims of sexual assault. Since then, Treiss has served as director of NARAL Pro-Choice CT, Chief of Staff at the Office of Health Care Access, Legislative Program Manager for the Department of Social Services, and most recently as Policy Director for the Connecticut Senate Caucus.
Nancy Newill Doniger, a long-time member and past president of the Barnard Club of Connecticut, is editor of The Easton Courier. She has served on the board of the New England Newspaper and Press Association and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Following the panel presentation, speakers will be joined on stage for a Q and A session with selected members of the Barnard Club of Connecticut, who attended the march and wish to share their impressions of the experience.
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