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Simmons Hosting International Women's Day Celebration Breakfast, 'Ending Violence Against Women,' March 8

BOSTON (March 5, 2012) — Simmons College presents the 15th annual International Women's Day Celebration breakfast, "Ending Violence Against Women: Pathways to Power, Resilience, and Leadership," March 8 at Simmons College, the Main College Building, 300 The Fenway. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, and is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change, and the Boston-area International Women's Day Planning Committee, the event will focus on an engaging conversation on pressing issues impacting women and girls locally and globally.

Panelists will include Purnima Mane, CEO and president of Pathfinder International; Audrey Porter, assistant program director and coordinator of survivor services at My Life My Choice; and Ayanna Pressley, city councilor at-large in Boston. The discussion will be moderated by Ann Fleck-Henderson, Ph.D. Simmons College Professor of Social Work, Emerita.

 A suggested donation of $6 dollars will be accepted at the door. RSVP to For more information, visit or e-mail

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women's Day is a national holiday. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities, and networking events.

Founded in 1991 through a donation from Simmons alumna Barbara Lee, the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC) embodies Simmons's commitment to the community with a focus on women and girls, and Boston-area residents and organizations. SILC fosters relationships with individuals and organizations that mirror the vision and values of Simmons and is committed to maintaining Simmons's reputation as a vital, dynamic part of the community promoting women's issues and activism.

Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally ranked university located in the heart of Boston with a history of visionary thinking and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.