Abigail Adams, former First Lady of the U.S., famously said, “Let’s not forget the women.” March is National Women’s History Month, a time when we recognize all women’s accomplishments and contributions to history, culture and society. In accordance with this celebration, the Berks Women’s History Alliance has partnered with the Berks History Center (BHC) to recognize women who were and are currently FIRST in their field in Berks County.
The Berks County Commission for Women first started this project in 2007. Since then, the Berks Women’s History Alliance has worked to expand the list of honorees who are first in their field. The hope is to shed light on the individual journeys taken to accomplish these feats and honor these trailblazing women who continue to lead the way.
Among the women recognized are Dr. Courtney McKay Stevens, the first elected President of the Berks County Commission for Women; Karen Miller, the first woman Mayor of Reading; Rosa Julia Parra, Founder, CEO, and Editor of PALO Magazine; and many more!
The culmination of this project will be a presentation held at the BHC Museum on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 10 AM. Attendees must call 610-375-4375 prior to the event to reserve their space. The cost of this program is $5 for BHC members and $8 for non-members.
We offer our deepest thanks to all the women who made this project a reality. Sharing these accomplishments will allow future generations to see “the best is yet to be!
Written by Penny Guido, Berks Women’s History Alliance