3 Bronx women honored at Women's History Month celebration

Three Bronx women were honored at a Women's History Month celebration that recognizes the achievements and leadership of women locally and around the world.

Close to 100 local women from various backgrounds and professions came together Monday at the New York Botanical Garden to celebrate the achievements of the three women.

Camille Mackler is an attorney with the New York Immigration Coalition and an advocate for immigrants in the country illegally and other underserved populations. She was one of the three nominees at the annual Women's History Month celebration sponsored by Rep. Joe Crowley.

Mackler believes that given the current political climate, it is important for women to take a stand.

"We need to stay strong, we need to have hope even though it doesn't seem possible," says Mackler. "A lot of times we are getting attacked on different fronts: immigrant communities and women's rights."

Teresita Rodriguez and her colleague Gertrudes Parajon are with the Apicha Community Center, which provides health services to low-income families and the LGBTQ community.

Both were recognized for their work with the city's Asian and immigrant populations.

"We need more role models and more leadership and movements led by women. To be honored and acknowledged is something to be proud of," says Rodriguez.

All three women said they were thankful to the female role models in their lives who helped paved the way for them.

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