New ‘Women’s Life Group’ designed to inform, empower women

By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Willington - posted Thu., May. 12, 2011
Nan King (left) and Jennifer Thorpe Pallo are leading a ‘Women’s Life Group’ in Willington. Photo by Wally Robinson.
Nan King (left) and Jennifer Thorpe Pallo are leading a ‘Women’s Life Group’ in Willington. Photo by Wally Robinson.

The newly-formed Women’s Life Group of Willington held its inaugural meeting on May 1 at the Willington Library. It was the first in a monthly series of presentations and workshops designed to inform and empower women.

Entitled “Body Image and Advertising,” the first workshop presented the documentary film “Killing Us Softly 4,” narrated by Jean Kilbourne, with a follow-up discussion of the impact advertising has on the way women see themselves and what can be done to reframe self-images.

The series is being conducted by Nan King and Jennifer Thorpe Pallo. The former is a professor of English and Women’s Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University and the latter a visual design artist.

“We both were aware of groups like this in other communities and felt the time had come to get one going in Willington,” King said. “We worked up the program with help of the town’s Board of Youth, Family and Social Services, focusing on what women most wanted to learn about, and, quite frankly, what the two of us wanted to learn about.”

Among the subjects being considered for subsequent meetings are financial planning, craft production and scrapbooking. For more information, contact the library at 860-429-3854.


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