Posted on Mar 16, 2023
March is National Women's Month. Rotarian Linda Braddy was invited to outline the history of women in Rotary. Allowing women to join Rotary was highly controversial. Facing initial opposition from the then all-male organization, it took decades to pass rule changes at every level. By 2020, there were 277,000 women Rotarians, and, today, Rotary International is headed by its first female president, Jennifer Jones. Shown celebrating Rotary's hard-won diversity are several of our women members, including (Left to Right) Elizabeth Villafranca, Laurie Wilson, Linda Braddy, Becky Miller, Pat Cochran, Cristal Retana, and CFB Rotary's second woman member, Carol Dingman.