Published in the March 2, 2018 edition.

WAKEFIELD — In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Wakefield Human Rights Commission is hosting a discussion with inspiring women who will talk about their lives, career paths, and how they are engaged in making the local region a better place for all. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 6, at The Savings Bank Theatre at Wakefield Memorial High School, 60 Farm St., at 7 p.m.

Featured women on the panel include:

• Marian Ryan, Middlesex County District Attorney

• Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon

• Mimi Lemay, Transgender rights advocate and author of her forthcoming memoir

• Karen Burke, District Director, Melrose-Wakefield-Saugus
Veteran Services and Lt. Colonel (Retired) from the United States Air Force

•  Lauren Donati, Owner/Head Baker, The Bread Shop

•  Dr. Astrid Kruse, Veterinarian, VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital

The panel will be moderated by Maria Muti, member of the Wakefield Human Rights Commission. There will also be a special performance by She Major – Wakefield Memorial High School’s all-female contemporary a cappella group of the Wakefield High School Choral Department.

The event is geared for all ages and there will be an opportunity to ask the panelists questions. To learn more about the panelists visit