Syracuse Woman Magazine looks at women's achievements

This month Syracuse Woman Magazine focuses on women's achievements of the past, but also the future that they are creating.

Almost 60 years ago, Rosamond Gifford's endowment was left in the hands of the community her family called home. Today, The Gifford Foundation has been awarding grants to numerous causes in Central New York. The giving is, and always has been, done in accordance with Rosamond's instructions. However, her instructions did not tie the hands of the board. The foundation gives to benefit community groups, not individuals. On July 8, 1954, the legacy of Rosamond Gifford was continued and it's still working today.

Another incredible example of giving back to one's community is that of the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation. In this month's "For a good cause" section you will learn how the organization came to be and how this CNY couple has made it their mission to help those who are battling cancer.

In the "Syracuse Women Inspire" section, Doreen Simmons and Dr. Karen Lawitts broke into career fields that were once dominated by men. Ellen Gutmaker is making a difference for community members with developmental disabilities.

You will also read about the Syracuse Common Council which has women elected to all four councilor-at-large seats. You will get a chance to learn more about these leading ladies with a Q&A.

This month also marks the annual kickoff of the Vera House White Ribbon Campaign. In its 20th year, the campaign is will run from March 28 through April 6 in order to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence. You can register for the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event set for March 28 in downtown Syracuse by clicking here.

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