On Thursday May 25th, Karen Birck presented this year’s Wilton League of Women Voter’s Edna M. Jones book award to Eva Greco, a Wilton High School junior who has demonstrated an interest in government. The award is given in memory of Edna M Jones (1907-1993) who was an extremely active member of the Wilton League of Women Voters during the 1950’s and 1960’s. For the League, Edna was on the State Study Committee for International Trade. An advocate for women’s rights and those of the elderly, Mrs. Jones was educated at the Horace Mann School for Girls and Swarthmore College. Edna was a member of the Progressive Party in 1948 and campaigned for Henry A. Wallace who lived in South Salem. She also was supportive of Planned Parenthood and Dr. Herbert Traut and his newly developed PAP test. Edna went on to do course work on employment counseling and went to work for the State Employment Service in Bridgeport at Father Panik Village. Mrs. Jones promoted school concerts through the PTA. Her fifty years of community involvement included advocacy for moderate income housing in Wilton.
The book presented this year was Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman.