Wilton Lawmakers support National Women’s History Museum

November 21, 2011

NFWL Pres. Robin Read, Rep. Gail Lavielle, Sen. Toni Boucher and others.

NFWL Pres. Robin Read, Rep. Gail Lavielle, Sen. Toni Boucher and others.

Wilton Lawmakers attend the “de Pizan Honors” a Gala to support the
National Women’s History Museum

Hartford, CT – Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) and with Representative Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton) had the pleasure of attending the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) “de Pizan Honors” in Washington D.C.

The event is named for Christine de Pizan who lived in Italy in the early 1400s and was the first Western woman to write about women’s impact on society and show how they were being left out of history.

“This is an exciting time for women leaders. We hold a multitude of offices at all levels of government,” said Senator Boucher. “Young women are attending college and earning advanced degrees at the highest rate in history and the future only looks brighter for the girls and young women of tomorrow.”

“While celebrating women’s current achievements and future hopes, it is important to acknowledge their remarkable accomplishments and contributions to our country throughout our history,” remarked Representative Gail Lavielle.

The “de Pizan Honors” gala recognized female history-makers to ensure that their legacy remains alive and drew the attention of acclaimed actress Meryl Streep, who hosted the event and used her Oscar winning celebrity status to bring awareness to a cause that is long overdue.

The women who helped to build this country – who tended to the families while men were away at war, who built businesses to sustain themselves and their families, and who were innovators in their field – have been left out
of our national story.

Senator Boucher and Representative Lavielle have been working with the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), who, in conjunction with more than 43 national women’s organizations, has been working in support of
the National Women’s History Museum (NWHM). Together we will settle the debt we have seen in our history books and museums, by bringing women’s history into the mainstream and in the process inspire future generations
of women to reach new heights.

*The National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL) was founded in Connecticut in 1938. Senator Boucher is currently the NOWL Parliamentarian.