Searching for the Common Denominator

Female leaders called upon to make room for a more diverse feminism at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Community Fund for Women & Girls.

Featured speaker Linda Sarsour stressed the importance of meeting and getting to know your neighbors.
Photo by Judy Sirota Rosenthal

Women & Girls Fund Talks Feminism, Inclusivity and Action

On June 14, 2017, the Community Fund for Women & Girls held its Annual Meeting entitled Feminism: The Common Denominator? More than 200 people turned
out to hear from Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the Women's March 2017 and
New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Traister. Each woman spoke for about 15 minutes, then engaged in a discussion moderated by Foundation Board Chair, Kica Matos.

The message to women of all ages and backgrounds was to find the commonality in divergent viewpoints and work together to advance women's equity. Female leaders were called upon to make room for a more diverse feminism, to support the work at a grassroots level, and to keep a long view of history in mind while trying to make headway.

Read more in "How Feminists Can Lead the Charge for Change" published in the New Haven Independent, June 15, 2017.

Those Closest to the Challenge Are Closest to the Solution

On August 10, 2017, the Community Fund for Women & Girls hosted an intimate discussion with local leaders Dena M. Castricone (Partner at Murtha Cullina LLP, Founder of the Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities, now known as Greater CT Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce); Dr. Chaka Felder-McEntire (Founder and Executive Director of Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc.); and Elaine Peters (co-chair of Mothers for Justice and a longtime community activist).

These inspirational women told of how they were called to lead in a variety of ways, from wanting to help young people and honor others who had helped them along the way, to always wanting to be the lady that all the kids looked to for guidance, and wanting to bring to the local community a national model for leveraging economic power for social justice. Read more about the discussion, and watch the video here.

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