BLOOMFIELD, CT, Mar. 17, 2011 - Duncaster Retirement Community topped off its three-day celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day on Thursday, March 10 with a presentation on the accomplishments of women by Denise D'Ascenzo of WFSB-TV.
The Channel 3 Eyewitness News anchor spoke about what she
called the "moral courage" it took for women to change themselves and the world around them.
"When this day was proclaimed in 1911," she
pointed out, "Women did not have the right to vote.
They worked long hours side-by-side with their children and couldn't inherit property if there were a male heir.
Since then they have earned the right to vote, been awarded Nobel Peace prizes and flown around the world and into space.
A woman changed the course of the civil rights movement and another ran for president."
Speaking to an over-flow crowd of residents, guests and staff, D'Ascenzo thanked all the men and women in the audience who were part of the recent history of women's rights.
proclaimed that all these advancements had "...sprung from acts of courage, by women who risked ridicule to break down barriers."