40th Anniversary Celebration for the CWGCS



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In this Year of the Woman, the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society celebrating 40 years of advancing women's rights -- advancing a vision of a world where people of all backgrounds participate equally in shaping the future.

The 40th Anniversary of CWGCS Gala was held in the NYS Museum on May 22nd, 2018 to lift up the importance of women's rights in New York State and beyond and to commemorate the work of the Center in breaking down gender barriers.

At our anniversary event, we looked back on 40 years of accomplishments, honoring women and men who have been staunch allies for women's rights, and reaffirming our commitment to women's leadership, economic security, health, safety and well-being in the years ahead.

We are deeply grateful to you for joining us in person or in spirit and observe the legacy of the women's movement, honoring those who have made significant contributions to our vision, reinvigorating our energies to continue working for gender equity, and reaffirming the women's agenda.

Woman of Courage Award Recipient

Melissa DeRosa

Melissa DeRosa, MPA

Secretary to the Governor, State of New York

Laden Alomar

Ladan Alomar, MS -- Woman of Strength Award Recipient
Executive Director of Centro Civico of Amsterdam, NY



Nathaalie Carey

Nathaalie Carey, MPA -- Woman of Strength Award Recipient
Deputy Commissioner for Administration and
Chief Financial Officer at the NYS Department of Labor



Capital Women NY

Capital Women NY -- Activating Democracy Award Recipient
A grassroots organization, led by Kathryn Allen, Libby Post, and JoAnn Smith, dedicated to furthering the rights of women and other groups.



Eleanor's Legacy

Eleanor's Legacy -- Activating Democracy Award Recipient
A women's political organization that works to build a democracy that truly represents all.




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