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Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media as well as a dance teacher, choreographer and proud former homeschooler. Her blog will uncover the untold stories of Montgomery County and introduce diverse people and businesses of interest in the community. She can be reached... Read more

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Women’s History Month Profile: Jeannette Feldner

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re profiling influential women who are giving back to the communities of Montgomery County in various ways.Womens history profile

Read below to learn more about Jeannette Feldner, Co-President and Membership Chair for the Montgomery County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (MCNOW).

What is your role in the community?

“Legislative advocacy is a priority for our chapter, as well as abortion rights/reproductive issues, violence against women, constitutional equality, promoting diversity/ending racism, lesbian rights, economic justice and more. MCNOW holds monthly educational and advocacy programs on these issues. Because of our close proximity to the Nation’s Capital, we are able to be involved at the national, state and local levels of NOW.”

What does Women’s History Month mean to you? 

“It’s a time for everyone to be reminded that women are a part of history, too, as many of us were only taught the history of men. I hope that in the future, women’s contributions and accomplishments will be taught equally to that of men throughout the year so that we won’t need a Women’s History Month.”

What do you think needs to happen most for women in Montgomery County? 

“I think we need to focus on the women who are struggling with low-paying jobs who are trying to raise their families and pay living expenses in an area that is so expensive. Women are still generally paid less than men, and it’s worse for women of color. Violence against women—sexual and domestic—is still a problem as well. Full equality would benefit all women of Montgomery County.”

What inspires you?

“People who speak up and speak out to make this a better world. And people who do the important and necessary work to raise people out of suffering and into happier, successful, healthy lives.”

Valerie Bonk

About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).


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