February 26th marked the kickoff of Lowell Women’s Week with a breakfast reception at Lenzi’s in Dracut. Lowell Women’s Week began in 1996 as a way to celebrate the contributions of local women during the period of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
This year the Lowell Women’s Week Committee has selected the theme of Nevertheless, We Persist: Moving Forward Together.
This year’s Lowell Women’s Week was somewhat bittersweet as it marked the last time Niki Tsongas would address the crowd as the Congresswoman from the Massachusetts 3rd District. Tsongas spoke of the pride she felt in 2007 when she became the first woman to be elected to Congress from Massachusetts in 25 years.
Other speakers included State Senator Eileen Donoghue, District Attorney Marian Ryan, and the keynote speaker: UMass Lowell Chancellor, Jacqueline Moloney. Mayor Samaras also presented a proclamation from the City of Lowell, officially proclaiming the period of February 26th to March 12th as Lowell Women’s Week.
Following the keynote speech, four women were honored with the annual “Because of Her” Award.
The Because of Her Award Winners for 2018 were:
- Sr. Robin McCarthy, SFCC
Founder, Able To Serve New England, Inc.
- Margaret Martin & Lucille Jerome
Co-founders of the For the Young at Heart television program on LTC
- Dr. Sue Kim
UMass Lowell Professor; English Department Chair;
Co-Director, Center for Asian American Studies
More information on the award winners can be found in the event program.
Lowell Women’s Week events will be ongoing throughout the month of March. Please visit www.lowellwomensweek.org for more information.