The Ferguson Library is marking the 100thanniversary of International Women’s Day by welcoming Teresa Younger, executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, who will speak on the empowerment of women on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s third floor auditorium.

International Women’s Day, which is held annually in March, is celebrated globally with events to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.

Younger, who will give a talk entitled “And Still I Rise,” has a diverse array of policy and management experience, from corporate philanthropy to youth development. She is the president of the board of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, which serves 44,000 Connecticut girls, and is a member of the GSUSA National President’s Advisory Council.

Before joining the PCSW, Younger was the Director of Affiliate Organizational Development at the American Civil Liberties Union National Office, where she assisted affiliates throughout the country with organization and management issues.  Prior to her tenure with ACLU National, Younger became the first woman and the first African American to serve as Executive Director of the ACLU of Connecticut.

Younger serves on several other boards including the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut and the National Association of Commissions for Women.  She was identified by the Connecticut NAACP as one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in the State of Connecticut 2009,” and was named by Hartford Business Journal as one of “2008 Eight Remarkable Women. in Business.” Younger has continually been recognized for her commitment to civil rights and civil liberties by numerous organizations.

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