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Meng hosts women’s history month panel

Talk touches on equal pay, child care

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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:30 am

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) hosted the first annual panel discussion titled “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds” at the Forest Hills Library on Monday, inviting seven different influential area women to discuss their work in honor of Women’s History Month.

Speaking to a crowd of around two dozen people, Meng opened the gathering by speaking on the importance of women throughout our country’s past and future.

“It’s not just a Democratic Party slogan, but we really believe that when women succeed, America succeeds,” Meng said.

The list of speakers included Queens County Women’s Bar Association President Zenith Taylor, New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce President Quenia Abreu and Legal Aid Society Supervising Attorney Karen Cacace.

The panelists discussed topics ranging from equal pay, female entrepreneurs and child care, with Assigned Counsel Association of Queens Family Court representative Andrea Ogle sharing statistics regarding the amount of minority families run by single mothers.

The banner bearing Meng’s name behind the podium fell halfway through the discussion, but the congresswoman used the awkward silence to make a point about the resiliency of women.

“Women always get back up,” she said.

Welcome to the discussion.