Non-partisan panel to address women’s issues

With the presidential election looming, the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls will be hosting a nonpartisan panel discussion on key issues for women in the campaign.

The public event will be held at the Chester County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. In addition to insightful commentary, it will feature a light breakfast and plenty of networking opportunities.

Barbara McIlvaine Smith, a former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will moderate the panel discussion that will focus on four key issues: engagement and representation of women in politics, violence against women, equal pay, and women’s health.

The panelists will include women who are leaders in their field and have either held office or have been active in the political process: Susan Cary, League of Women Voters president; Beverly MacKereth, senior government relations specialist; Carole Rubley, independent environmental services professional; Kathy Boockvar, executive director of Lifecycle WomanCare; and Dorothy McLane, Pennsylvania state president of AAUW.

The goal of the event is to focus on how the issues in the election impact women with the objective of helping attendees think critically and, thus, make informed decisions at the polls. It will also address some of the larger long-term objectives, such as encouraging women to run for office or at least actively support candidates who think about these issues.

The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls leads and unites the community through philanthropy and advocacy to ensure that women and girls have resources and opportunities to thrive. For more than 18 years, the fund has raised awareness about the critical needs of women and girls, and has awarded over $2.6 million to 69 nonprofit organizations. To learn more about the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, visit

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