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Cornelia Connelly Class of '96 Gift

Organized by: Jennifer Samson

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EVENT DATE Jul 23, 2016


“The function of a girl’s school is not protection, it’s freedom.”

2o years have passed since the Cornelia Connelly Class of 1996 graduated. We were the lead in a cohort of US women fast becoming our nation's most educated workers--attending school at higher rates, entering a wide range of careers, and deepening our work experience.

It's our time and opportunity to give back to the school and community that helped us all achieve that accomplishment. Let's make sure we do what we can for the next cohort of young ladies that will blaze the next set of trails.

Because in the words of the unparalleled Queen Bé, "Who run the world? Girls."

But we're not quite there yet. Women obtain college degrees in greater numbers than men, but equal pay for equal work is still over another horizon (see Sheryl Sandberg's Barnard commecement speech in video link). Maybe, just maybe, with the help of our humble Class Gift, when the class of 2016 makes their return trip to good 'ole Cornelia Connelly School of the Holy Child Jesus in 20 years time, they'll have made Beyoncé's and Sheryl's dreams come true.


Established in 1961 by the Sisters of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Cornelia Connelly School is Orange County’s only independent, college-preparatory Catholic high school for girls. As one of 10 Holy Child Schools in the United States, Connelly is part of the Holy Child Network of Schools, an international network of schools that offer an education with a distinctive spirit.


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