The Boston Rotaract Club is proud to host the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 6:30PM-8:30PM at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. This event will focus on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.
Founded in 1905, Rotary International is a global community of over 1.2 million like-minded individuals (in 35,000 clubs) who have a passion for service. However, the Rotary International Constitution required membership to be limited to just men until 1989, two years following a landmark Supreme Court case which mandated gender equality in Rotary in the United States. Today, there are over 200,000 women in Rotary, comprising nearly 20% of Rotary’s membership.
Rotaract - a Rotary Club partner - is targeted toward young professionals who extend Rotary’s value of Service Above Self, and who want to join in making a difference in their local and international communities. Rotary and the world it serves have transformed since 1905. Women now hold more prominent roles in the workplace, their communities, and in Rotary International – from club presidents to district governors to Rotary International Vice President. The Women in Rotary forum will focus on the experience and impact of women in Rotary who are leaders in Rotary International and in their professional and personal lives.
The Women in Rotary forum will feature Carol Agate, the lawyer who represented female Rotarians in the 1987 Supreme Court case. She will be joined by strong female leaders in Rotary - including Julia Phelps (2014-2016 Rotary International Director), Elise Cadigan (one of six Rotarians on The Rotary Foundation Programs Committee), and Sheryl Meehan (2016-2017 District Governor for D7930).
Boston Rotaract eagerly invites all current and prospective members to join us for this event. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to both The Rotary Foundation and Found in Translation, a local organization which helps multi-lingual women in homeless or low-income situations use their language skills to achieve economic security.
You can support this event and female membership in Rotary by purchasing tickets or donating to this event here.