Every day, women in the state of Connecticut are forging equity in women’s education, health, leadership and economic advancement. The Women & Girls’ Fund at Main Street Community Foundation is bringing some of their stories to central Connecticut as we all work together to move forward the agenda on women and girls’ issues.

On October 7, 2019, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Bristol Public Library in the Community Rooms, the Women & Girls’ Fund will host a free screening of Women’s Work: Stories Behind the Movement, an original documentary from Connecticut Public (CPTV).

The documentary features the stories of eight Connecticut women who share a common desire to be part of a collective effort – serving as leaders, trailblazers, artists, educators, advocates and entrepreneurs. These women are just some of the multitudes of women in our communities who through their daily work, drive the movement forward.

Series Director and Producer Heather Dawson will be presenting the 30-minute Women’s Work documentary, which will be followed by a Q&A session as well as the opportunity for the public to share how a woman’s work has inspired, challenged or changed them. 

The documentary features interviews with: 

  • Dr. Meera Viswanathan, Head of the Ethel Walker School
  • Amanda Webster, Politician, candidate for CT House of Representatives District 62
  • Natalie and Holly Wheeler, Entrepreneurs and sisters, owners of VASU Tribe
  • Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Toni Johnson and Azua Echevarria, Healing artists, teachers, and makers
  • Ellen Murray, Fire Chief (Retired), Naugatuck Fire Department

The Women & Girls’ Fund was created in 2001 as a community-based endowment of the Main Street Community Foundation. The Women & Girls’ Fund serves females of all ages in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth/Terryville, Southington and Wolcott.

Over the past 18 years, the Women & Girls’ Fund has awarded over $500,000 in grants and immediate response funds to over 85 organizations benefiting women and girls in the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Julie Matthews at Main Street Community Foundation at 860.583.6363 or julie@mainstreetfoundation.org.

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