This evening, Central Connecticut State University will host the Women of Influence Gala, a Celebration of Remarkable Women.
There will be dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Proceeds from tickets will go to benefit scholarships.
The women who are being honored are familiar names and most are alumni of the university including Superintendent of New Britain Schools Nancy Sarra. Dr. Zulma Torro, president of CCSU will also be among those honored. Not all of the honorees have made their careers in education. Some have found success in other fields.
What links these individuals aside from their gender, is their professional accomplishments in careers that have traditionally been dominated by men.
To some, the idea that women are still a minority in certain professions may seem hard to understand. But those who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s and are now known as Baby Boomers can identify with the struggles women have had to overcome to be recognized in the medical field, law enforcement, engineering and construction to name a few.
Yes, women have made great strides in the modern workforce, but unfortunately still face hurdles like the need for equal pay, the threat of sexual harassment on the job, lesbian and transgender bias and the difficulties of being a working mom.
So, ahead of the CCSU gala tonight, we salute the women set to be recognized for their achievements and we implore them to help keep women moving forward by reaching back and empowering others to be courageous in their goals and actions.
With support, women athletes, artists, lawyers, teachers, politicians and stay-at-home moms can be amazing every day. That’s something we can all celebrate.