Cynthia Jean "Jeanne" Connell

Areas of Achievement: 
Community Building

Honored By

Honored by: Amazon Foundation
Date submitted: October 24, 2006
Gift: Arch with Seating

Jeanne Connell was nominated for the Amazon Foundation's Women Activists Arch in the Women's Plaza of Honor by the Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission.

"Jeanne Connell moved to Tucson in 1987 from Alexandria where she was Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, President of the League of Women Voters, Member of State Board of the League of Women Voters and on the state governing board of Common Cause. She received awards for outstanding achievement in legislation, Washington Urban League Community Service Award for improving the quality of life for low-income and minorities in Alexandria and the United Way award for Outstanding Service to the Community.

Upon arriving in Tucson she was appointed to the Tucson Women's Commission and became Chair of the Commission where she initiated the first Citizen Lobbying Workshop. She was instrumental in starting the Women in Poverty Task Force for the Commission and received commendation from the Mayor's office for her work at the Commission. She was President of the women's newspaper the CLARION for two years, coordinated a statewide Health Care Forum which was televised for the National League of Women Voters. She was Chairperson of Pro-choice Arizona for Proposition 110, Chair of Southern Arizona Reproductive Health Coalition and the Arizona State Reproductive Coalition and received two $10,000 grants to do training for the MS. FOUNDATION on coalition building, which was used as a model throughout the country. She chaired and initiated the Tucson Women's Roundtable which met once a month to share ideas and legislative concerns.

She has received the JCPenney Golden Rule Award, Certificate of Recognition from the Pima County Board of Supervisors for the Women For Change Training Program sponsored by the League of Women Voters with a grant received from the Tucson Community Foundation. She has worked n the Diversity Committee for the League of Women Voters to engage and educate the voters of Tucson's Southside and Westside on training to give minority voters ownership of and visibility in the forum process.

Congressman Ed Pastor writes, "Your work contributed greatly to the record turnout of the electorate in these traditionally low voter-turnout areas. Your willingness to build new bridges between the League of Women Voters and Tucson's minority areas should become a model for civic involvement." --Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission