March 19, 2013
More than 75 guests braved snow and wind to attend the International Women’s Day Breakfast held at Simmons March 8. This annual event is now in its 16th year and has been held at Simmons since 2001.
“As the only women’s college in the city of Boston it is an honor for Simmons College to host this event, which focuses attention on issues that women face locally and globally,” said Diane Hammer, Director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change.
This year, a panel of experts spoke about “Women and Hunger: Putting Food on the Table.” Speakers included Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread; Randy Albelda, professor of economics and senior research fellow at the Center for Social Policy UMASS; and Elaine DeRosa, executive director of the Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee. Jacqueline Cooke, executive director of the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, moderated the discussion. Attendees represented many of the major women and girl serving organizations in Massachusetts.
Each year, a planning team representing approximately 15 women’s organizations works with the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change to plan the breakfast. Some of the topics discussed in previous years include: women in the green economy, women’s economic self-sufficiency, violence against women, and creating equality in women’s health.