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New Haven Museum

Black Women's Firsts - Community Forum at New Haven Museum

In commemoration of International Women’s Week, Urban Grants 4 Us, Inc. will present “Black Women’s Firsts,” a community forum featuring Connecticut black women who have broken through the “glass ceiling” in their respective fields. The free program will be at the New Haven Museum.

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Black Women's Firsts - Community Forum at New Haven Museum
Black Women's Firsts - Community Forum at New Haven Museum

Time & Location

Mar 07, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06510, USA

About the Event

Organized and Moderated by Petisia M. Adger - 1st black assistant police chief in CT

Empirical research has finally given credence to what black professional women have always known throughout their careers—that black professional women lag far behind their white counterparts. Bllack women earn 21 percent less than white women, are less likely to be promoted, and have fewer opportunities to showcase their work. Therefore, it is imperative that we share our history and the trials and tribulations of our successes with the next generation of black women in order to secure their equitable access throughout institutions in the United States and Connecticut.” 

“Black Women’s Firsts” Panelists:

·  Ina Anderson – 1st black female officer to serve on the Bridgeport Fire Department.

·  Esther Armmand - past alderwoman/president of Sojourner Network of Democratic Women, CT.

·  Alisa Bowens-Mercado – founder of Rhythm Brewing Co., the 1st African American female Brewer in Connecticut and the 4th Black owned in the country.

·  Diane Brown – 3rd black female branch manager in New Haven Free Public Library's 100-year history.

·  Honorable Toni Harp – 1st woman and the 2nd African American to serve as mayor of New Haven.

·  Babz Rawls Ivy – editor-in-chief of the Inner-City News; and Radio personality on 103.5 WNHH radio.

·  Tamiko McArthur - pediatrician, and owner of the 1st black female owned New Haven Pediatric & Adolescent Medical Services.

·  Janette J. Parker - former Connecticut 95th District State Representative .


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