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Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, Esq., PhD, MPH, past chair of the WWBA Elder, Health and Reproductive Rights Committee, has become president of the American Psychological Association Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. She’s the first scholar of law and the 10th woman to hold this national office since the APA Society’s founding in 1963. On September 10th, Mary Beth’s career milestone was recognized on social media by Fordham Law School (’82) as part of the opening of its 100-years of Women celebrations. Mary Beth’s interdisciplinary scholarship and policy advocacy are located at the intersection of health law and policy, health research and ethics.


Interview of the Month

An Interview with 
Hon. Francesa E. Connolly

Susan L. Pollet

Chair of the Archive and Historian Committee

Q: Why did you become a member of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association?

A: It is important for women in the legal profession support each other – the Westchester Women’s Bar Association provides a strong professional and social support network for women to rely upon. It is a dynamic organization, with many resources. I have always been impressed with the enthusiasm of its members and their willingness to promote and assist each other in every way possible.

President's Message

by Kim Berg, Esq.

There can be no dispute that statistically speaking women are adversely affected in larger percentages than men when it comes to both domestic violence and breast cancer. For example, according to the American Cancer Society, for men the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is 1 in 833 but for women the average risk of developing breast cancer sometime in her life is 1 in 8.  According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence, a higher percentage of women are victims, with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men, experiencing severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 

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