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Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Lisa Wong

In February, our Response & Advocacy Committee notified Winchester Town Manager Lisa Wong that she was selected to be that committee’s honoree. Following the tragic shootings in Atlanta, we asked Lisa if she could add her perspective to a piece we published in last week’s newsletter. We also spoke with her about the Boston Globe article in which Shirley … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Laura Rotolo

Laura Rotolo, Staff Counsel and Community Advocate for Immigrants’ Rights for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, has been advocating on behalf of immigrants for over two decades. While her advocacy work occasionally brought her to Winchester over the years, since 2019 she has worked closely with the Network’s Immigrant Justice Committee around issues … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Grace Wagner

Grace Wagner, a Winchester High School senior, moved to Winchester with her family when she was 2. It was just before she started high school that Grace began to notice the negative stereotypes that people in town held toward Native cultures. A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, Grace recognized a connection between the emotions … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Zeina Marchant

Born during the Lebanese Civil War, Zeina Marchant and her family were forced to flee Beirut when she was 7. Her family was welcomed by relatives who had immigrated to Chicago, Illinois, where she spent most of her life. Zeina attended Illinois Wesleyan University and received a law degree from Loyola University School of Law. … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Seeme Baqai Moreira

Seeme Baqai Moreira came to the US at age 19 as a foreign student from Pakistan. Fluent in English, she made friends easily and thrived at her college, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting and speaking at her college’s commencement ceremony. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Business.   She met her husband, Mario … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang arrived in the US from China in 1990. At the time, her father was a visiting professor at MIT and Harvard, and Zhang was about to start college herself. Worried about her safety as a student activist, her father brought her to the Boston area to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Soon after, … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Nicole Kassissieh Jones

The child of Palestinian refugees who immigrated to the US from Lebanon in their 20s, Nicole Kassissieh Jones witnessed first-hand the refugee’s ongoing search to find security and comfort, not to mention the pain inherent in feeling invisible, being misunderstood, and confronting the isolation of being “the only one.” This childhood experience created a drive in Jones … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Erica Rigby

From an early age, Erica Rigby had a passion for human rights and was active in public service in her hometown of Redding, CT. As a student and Civic Scholar at Tufts University, her interest was piqued in understanding how different countries view the US and how the world could benefit from our actions.   After completing … Read more