Senator Lesser Congratulates "Unsung Heroine" of Springfield

BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser congratulated Dora Robinson of Springfield, who was recognized as an “Unsung Heroine” on Wednesday, June 21. Robinson was personally nominated by Sen. Lesser, and was honored along with more than 115 other Massachusetts women at a State House ceremony Wednesday.

The Unsung Heroines are recognized by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women for devoting their time and talent to their communities, often in volunteer organizations and nonprofits. They usually don’t make the news, but make a difference in their neighborhoods.

Robinson is retiring as President and CEO of the United Way of Pioneer Valley after serving for more than 40 years in nonprofit leadership in the Greater Springfield community.

“Massachusetts’ Unsung Heroines are our neighbors, friends and mentors who are working to make sure everyone has an equal shot at reaching their potential and making the most of life’s opportunities. I am especially proud of Dora Robinson and her work. We are all better off because of Dora’s dedication, and I am grateful for her — and other heroines’ — contributions to our communities and families,” said Sen. Lesser.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was created by the state legislature in 1998 to advance women’s full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities.

Sen. Lesser, the father of two young daughters, was a vocal co-sponsor of legislation to create a Commission on the Status of Women and Girls in Hampden County.