Celebrating Our History and Our Resistance
Oh, what a night!
Last Wednesday, October 18, we marked our 45th anniversary in spectacular style at our Annual Gala. At this landmark event, we:
- Celebrated and honored the legacy of our Founders and Co-Presidents Emeritae, Marcia D. Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell, the trailblazing women who are among the “founding mothers” of the women’s movement;
- Publicly welcomed Fatima Goss Graves to her new role as our President and CEO—Fatima’s remarks inspired us to continue in our work both to defend the progress we’ve made and to continue pushing forward; and
- Were captivated by the keynote speaker, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who shared her personal story of struggling with the challenges of child care and fighting discrimination, and expounded on her work in the Senate to champion women’s rights.
Through the efforts of our gala co-chairs, Alex Dimitrief and Governor Deval Patrick, our dinner committee co-chairs, Dick Beattie, The Honorable Jane Hartley, and Anastasia Kelly, and the generosity of hundreds of law firms, corporations, organizations, unions, and individuals, we raised more than $1.6 million to support the work of the National Women’s Law Center. The funds raised from this event are critically important to ensuring we have the resources to be nimble and responsive to threats to women’s rights, which is so crucial at this time in our history.
We also announced a special initiative to honor Marcia and Duffy’s amazing leadership and carry their work forward to build a revolutionary future– The Nancy Duff Campbell and Marcia D. Greenberger Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund will develop, strengthen, and empower a cadre of leaders from across the country to build and hone their advocacy skills on a host of issues—broadly defined but always sharply focused on building a better future for women and girls for generations to come. Thanks to the early enthusiasm of several individuals who donated before the Fund was even announced, we were able to announce at the Gala that we had already raised a half million dollars for the Legacy Fund. If you’d like to add your support to the Fund, we would be delighted to talk with you individually, or you can donate online.
If you weren’t able to join us at the Gala, or if you’d like to relive some of the evening’s special moments, check back here soon to see the full video of the evening. Photos from the evening are also available on the Center’s Flickr page.