BOSTON – Sheila Fitzgerald Kelly of Ayer was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2018 class of Unsung Heroines. Representative Jennifer Benson nominated Ms. Kelly for this recognition because of her role as the lead organizer of the 2018 Ayer Women’s March held on the first anniversary of the inauguration of the current presidential administration. Ms. Kelly was honored with 130 other Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to her community in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
“For years, Sheila has modeled how to be an engaged, active participant in civic life,” said Representative Benson. “She deserves to be recognized for her commitment to social justice and equality, and the tremendous success of the 2018 Ayer Women’s March.”
After learning that many people in the community would not be able to make the trip to the Boston Women’s March, in a matter of days, Ms. Kelly and others planned a rally and march in the Ayer town center. The event was attended by over 400 people from Ayer and the surrounding towns – an impressive feat in a small town 30 miles from Boston. Ms. Kelly succeeded in organizing an inspiring event that brought together activists, legislators, and citizens to champion the values of equality, diversity, and economic justice. She is an Unsung Heroine because of her lifelong commitment to these values, and her work in organizing the 2018 Ayer Women’s March.
The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contributions.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency created by the Legislature in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.