Vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut in New Haven Susan Yolen was one of five women honored by the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) for her work with Planned Parenthood, as part of NOW's 17th Annual Feminist Awards. She received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award for Tenacious Commitment to Providing Health Care for Women and Children.
Yolen said in the April 14 Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.) Connecticut's Planned Parenthood has accomplished a great deal, including lobbying for a law that would add contraceptive coverage to healthcare plans in the state.
“We were arguing against the idea that birth control is a lifestyle choice,” she said, adding she's pleased to receive the award, and to be recognized alongside other influential women in the state.
Yolen is a member of the William Smith Class of 1972 and is currently vice president of the William Smith Alumnae Council. She has served as an alumna Trustee, and spoke at the Founder's Day celebration in 1998.