This annual award began in 1979 and recognizes the contributions of outstanding women who live or work in New Hampshire and exemplify the ideals of Susan B. Anthony. These ideals can be demonstrated in any aspect of our life: personal, professional, volunteer, etc. While she believed passionately in and worked for civil and political rights, equality and dignity for all people, Susan B. Anthony is most notably recognized for her activist efforts to obtain the right to vote for women.
Each year, the recipient of the Susan B. Anthony award is recognized for her contributions to other women and the community and the way in which she has demonstrated one or more of Susan B. Anthony’s qualities.
This year’s winner of the 2013 Susan B. Anthony Awards is Mary Stuart Gile!
Mary has over 50 years of experience in education and has served as a representative for the New Hampshire State House since 1996. Throughout her career Mary has been a tireless advocate for women, children and families in NH. She has consistently voted to protect women’s health and access to healthcare, to protect children from bullying and has supported domestic violence programs in the State of New Hampshire. Mary currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee, Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Work and Family and is Chair/Founder of the Legislative Caucus for Young Children in New Hampshire. As a representative, she has focused on safe communities, a clean environment, excellence in education, quality health care, a responsible state budget, property tax reform, and quality jobs with family-friendly benefits for working families.
This year's keynote speaker is Leslie Morgan Steiner, author of "Crazy Love."
At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job at Seventeen magazine, a funky New York City apartment. Plus a handsome, funny, street-smart boyfriend who adored her. But behind a façade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She’d made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person.
At first Leslie and Conor seemed as perfect together as their fairytale wedding. Then came the fights she tried to ignore: he pushed her down the stairs of the house they bought together, poured coffee grinds over her hair as she dressed for a critical job interview, choked her during an argument, and threatened her with a gun. Several times, he came close to making good on his promise to kill her. With each attack, Leslie lost another piece of herself.
Leslie Morgan Steiner is a frequent speaker about family violence. Her TED Talk about surviving domestic violence, titled “From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head,” has been viewed by over one million people. She serves as a celebrity board member for the One Love Foundation, in honor of slain University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love; the National Domestic Violence Hotline; Liz Claiborne’s MADE council; and a former spokeswoman for The Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis, the country’s oldest shelter for abused women and children.
She is a regular national television and radio guest, appearing on National Public Radio, NBC’s Today Show, The Diane Rehm Show, MSNBC, Fox News, and other programs. She holds a BA in English from Harvard College. Her first job was as an editor at Seventeen Magazine; she financed her MBA in Marketing from Wharton by writing for Seventeen, Mademoiselle, New England Monthly and Money Magazine. She is a member of The UC Hastings School of Law “Wise Women” council.
The Susan B. Anthony award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 22nd starting at 5 PM. The event will include a cocktail hour, dinner, and a chance to hear about Leslie Morgan Steiner's life and experiences. Tickets are $65 or a table for 10 is $600. They are available either online or at the YWCA office (72 Concord Street in Manchester). Please click below to buy a ticket online.
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