“Simmons strengthened the goals in my life and my career.”
For Jody Dow ’53, the highlight of Reunion Weekend 2013 was spending time (and a delicious meal) with Simmons classmates, including her maid-of-honor and former roommate. Since graduating, Dow has had successful careers in teaching and politics, including a 20-year run as a member of the republican national Committee. Dow, who once chaired the Brookline planning board and served as president of the Brookline women’s republican club, said part of being a leader is believing in your own abilities.
"It’s an attitude that you are prepared to do the job well. Leaders, whether in politics or other pursuits, are able to change policies for the future and bring people together.”
Dow ran for Massachusetts Secretary of State at a time when few women were involved in politics. Today, she sits on the board of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and regularly helps younger candidates with their campaigns.
“Our family goal was to give service to others, and we are all still involved,” she said. “Simmons strengthened this goal in my life and my careers.”