Pressley and five others to be honored at Framingham State

US Representative Ayanna Pressley is among six women who will be saluted for their contributions to society by Framingham State University on Monday, March 25.

The six were selected as this year’s honorees for the university’s fourth annual “Women Making History Now” ceremony. The event, set for 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum, coincides with Framingham State’s Women’s History Month celebrations.

“This month, as we celebrate the many contributions of women throughout history, we also want to recognize women who are having a powerful impact on their communities today,” Framingham State President F. Javier Cevallos said in a statement.

Pressley, a first-term Boston Democrat, is the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House after having been the first to be elected to the Boston City Council. She will be honored along with Amy Brown, Margareth Basilio Shepard, Audrey Hall, Patricia Sanchez-Connally, and Courtney Thraen.


An art teacher at Framingham’s Hemenway Elementary School, Brown created a student-led protest that helped the community heal from a 2018 racist incident targeting a Muslim student.

A Framingham city councilor, Shepard cofounded a group that helps members of the Brazilian community become politically engaged.

Hall was the first woman to hold the general manager positions at Framingham Cablevision, Cablevision of Massachusetts, and WICN public radio, and currently hosts a show on Access Framingham.

Sanchez-Connally is a Framingham State assistant professor and activist. The El Salvadoran native works with young adults to raise awareness of social justice issues.

A Navy veteran, Thraen is executive director of Downtown Framingham, a group that works to support business, community, and culture in the city.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.