In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Amy Collinsworth, president of the Boston Rotaract Club, Sheryl Meehan, governor of Rotary District 7930, of which Boston Rotaract is a part, and Dave Gardner, governor-elect of District 7930. They talk about Women in Rotary: Three Decades After A Landmark Supreme Court Ruling. This episode aired originally on September 25, 2016.
Boston Rotaract hosted the Women in Rotary: Not (Just) Your Grandfather’s Rotary Club forum on October 5, 2016 at the Back Bay Social Club in Boston. This event focused 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 more than 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 after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that mandated gender equality in Rotary in the United States. Today, there are more than 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.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino is president of the Auburn Rotary Club.