Remarkable Women honored by magazine

Eighteen women were honored yesterday at New Hampshire Magazine’s 2006 Remarkable Women breakfast reception at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford.

The breakfast is held to honor the women featured in the magazine’s current issue, which salutes women described as “activists, advocates and agitators.”

Kathleen Murphy, vice president of marketing for Laconia Savings Bank, welcomed the 200 attendees at the event. Sharron McCarthy,, vice president of McLean Communications and publisher of New Hampshire Magazine and New Hampshire Business Review, said, “It is an honor to be in the presence of close to 200 of New Hampshire’s most influential women. It’s quite motivating to have so much positive energy in one place and what we can learn from one another is immeasurable.”

The 2006 Remarkable Women are:

• Linda Harvey, Laconia Area Community Land Trust
• Dana Dakin, Women’s Trust of Pokuase (Ghana)
• Anne Sanderson, New Hampshire Programs at the International Institute of New Hampshire
• Ellen Fineberg, Women’s Business Center
• Rachel Rouillard, Land and Community Heritage Fund
• Karen Kelly, Project for Global Harmony
• Beatrice Trum Hunter, nutrition expert
• Eileen Brady, Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter
• Linn Harwell, activist for reproductive rights
• Nancy Girard, Conservation Law Foundation’s New Hampshire Advocacy Center
• Sheila Evans, lobbyist, Clean Air Works for New Hampshire
• Phyllis Woods, pro-life activist, 2003 “parental notification law” primary sponsor
• Kat Dillon, Free State Project
• Shelly Uscinski, conservative political activist
• Doris “Granny D” Haddock, campaign reform, former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate
• Karen Testerman, Cornerstone Policy Research
• Macy Morse, Seacoast Peace Response
• Jane Bernhardt, activist, artist

Rachel Lehr, founder of Rubia, a nonprofit organization based in Warner that serves displaced Afghan women through training, education, health care and promotion of their traditional handwork, gave the keynote address.

Speaking about the hardships the people of Afghanistan face every day, Lehr said, “The rights women have here in America the women of Afghanistan cannot even begin to think about.”

For complete biographies on the 2006 Remarkable Women and the Women of Achieve, see the May 2006 issue of New Hampshire Magazine or visit — CINDY KIBBE

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