In Memoriam- Robin Read

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Sam Brunelli and Robin 2009 Inauguration SoireeThe National Foundation for Women Legislators lost a pioneer and leader this week and the world lost an amazing woman. Robin Read didn’t just lead NFWL, she breathed life into this organization for over 20 years. Her devotion to NFWL shone like a beacon, and she will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. Because of her, NFWL enjoyed warm relationships with not only state and local legislatures, but Congress and the White House. Her groundbreaking actions on behalf of women will benefit many for years to come. She passed away June 2nd after a long and brave fight with a number of health issues.


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Robin worked extensively with organizations for women throughout her life. She served on the board of numerous organizations that work for women’s empowerment including the National Women’s History Museum, and was co-Director of the International Political Institute for Women. In addition, Robin served at the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

2016 NFWL Chair DE Representative Helene Keeley said, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of this remarkable woman. Robin Read gave so much of herself, not only to this organization, but to many different programs, and groups that help raise women up. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family while they mourn.”

Thank you, Robin, for your service to NFWL and for breaking barriers for women everywhere. May you truly rest in peace.