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Local honored for work protecting women's rights

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By The Staff

Los Alamos resident Mona Wecksung has repeatedly championed women’s rights in both her professional life and through community involvement. To recognize her lifetime of efforts, the New Mexico chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded her the AAUW 2008 New Mexico Grace Barker Wilson Award for Distinguished Service at a ceremony held April 26 in Rio Rancho.

The Grace Barker Wilson Award for Distinguished Service honors people who have challenged the status quo in the area of women’s issues. These people will have initiated positive societal change by taking risks to work toward equity for women, to work in the area of education, or to build women’s and girls’ self-esteem. Past Los Alamos Grace Barker Wilson Award recipients since 1990 are Elizabeth Aiello, Gloria Cordova, Donna Giaquinto, Denise George, Marjorie Bell Chambers and Caroline “Cas” Mason.

Throughout her life, Wecksung has been an activist for promoting positive societal change and challenging the status quo by working for women’s equity and rights as exemplified by her active participation in AAUW, in Mana del Norte, in Emily’s List and as a professional scientist at LANL.