Teresa Younger is Executive Director of Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, a leading force for women’s equality. Her expertise in women’s economic security, health and safety, and the elimination of gender discrimination allows her to represent Connecticut’s women as she directs the PCSW in the fulfillment of its mandate. A lifelong Girl Scout, Younger recently finished two terms as President of the board of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. She currently serves on several other boards including the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut. A noted speaker, advocate and activist, she has been recognized with numerous awards for her commitment to civil rights and civil liberties including the Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Social Justice Award and the Alpha Kappa Alpha New Haven Chapter’s Excellence in Leadership Award. The Hartford Business Journal has named Younger one of its “8 Remarkable Women in Business,” and the Connecticut NAACP has selected her twice as one of its “100 Most Influential Blacks in the State of Connecticut.”
“As we mark 20 years of highlighting remarkable women’s stories, we celebrate the incredible community we are building to inspire the next generation and women of all ages,” says Katherine Wiltshire, executive director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. “This year’s honorees are leaders throughout the state who have devoted their careers to educating and empowering women and fostering their advancement."
The other nine Education and Empowerment Honorees for 2013:
Andrée Aelion Brooks - Celebrated journalist and author committed to increasing the number of women running for public office; founder and first president of Women’s Campaign School at Yale.
Carmen Cid - Long-time educator committed to
advancing women and minorities in the field of science; Dean of Arts & Sciences,
Eastern Connecticut State University.
Julie DeGennaro - 20 year advocate developing gender-specific programming to better serve high-risk girls; Associate Executive Director, Domus.
Merle Harris - Pioneer for on-line education and
promotion of women moving back into the workforce; retired President, Charter Oak
Palomba - Award-winning advocate improving society’s
response to victims of sexual assault through education, legislation and
training; founder, Jane Doe No More, Inc.
Fran Pastore - Leader promoting women’s economic
empowerment and self-reliance; Founder, President, CEO, Women’s
Business Development Council.
Pritchard - Nationally recognized expert
empowering women and girls to achieve equal opportunities in their
personal and professional lives; Executive Director, CT Women’s
Education and Legal Fund.
Sager/Janna Wagner - Innovative leaders lifting
standards and availability of childcare, empowering women to become child care providers; Executive Director/ Chief
Knowledge and Learning Officer, Co-Founders, All Our Kin.
Williamson - Creator of The Sewing Circle providing support and skills for immigrant women; Director, CT Cultural Heritage
Arts Project, The Institute for Community Research.
Made possible by platinum sponsor The
Hartford and other distinguished sponsors, the CWHF’s 20th Annual
Induction Ceremony & Celebration which will take place on Wednesday,
November 6, 2013 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Inductees are: Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Representative of Connecticut’s
3rd district since 1990, sharp political strategist and
champion of women’s causes; The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin,
President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, 29th U.S.
Secretary of Commerce, led the first White House effort to recruit women for
high-level government jobs; Linda Koch Lorimer, Vice President of Yale
University, visionary leader in higher education, spearheading strategic
partnerships locally and abroad; and historic Inductee Augusta Lewis Troup,
union organizer, journalist and promoter of the suffrage movement, beloved
educator and advocate for teachers and minority groups.
The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame is an educational outreach organization whose mission is to honor publicly the achievement of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls. Founded in 1994 in Hartford, Connecticut, the Hall fills the void that traditional curricula still fail to address and today stands as the state’s premier source for women’s history with 102 Inductees. These women’s lives and accomplishments are celebrated and documented through a wide spectrum of innovative statewide programs offered free of charge to Connecticut citizens. Historically, the CWHF web site has been a learning tool attracting international, national and local researchers, teachers and students. The CWHF’s website, www.cwhf.org, is a “Virtual Hall” where visitors can explore its educational resources. To join the CWHF via social media, find and like ctwomen on Facebook and follow @ctwomen on Twitter.