Teresa Younger, who has led the state’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for the past seven years, is leaving to become president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.
In her new post, Younger will oversee the New York-based foundation’s investments of time, training and money into groups that support women’s health, reproductive rights, economic security and safety.
“At this time of both feminist success and backlash against it, Teresa Younger is the perfect person to continue the grassroots strength of the Ms. Foundation, and build it into policy and protection against backlash,” said Gloria Steinem, who helped launch the foundation. “She knows how to make the needs of the majority of women into guiding principles of action.”
Younger, who came to the PSCW after a stint as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, said she is sad to leave the PCWS, but excited to work on some of the same issues on a national level.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Younger “a steadfast partner” on several key issues, including the drive for pay equity for women and raising the minimum wage.
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman called Younger “a tremendous advocate” for equality, fairness and justice in Connecticut.
“The Ms. Foundation — and women across the nation — will certainly benefit from her broad expertise, her diligence, and her tirelessness,” Wyman said. “We wish her the very best in this extraordinary opportunity and thank her for her years of service and dedication to Connecticut.”