Lucy Franz, Brainerd, was honored as a Woman of Triumph at the Women Work! 25th anniversary conference and gala in Washington, D.C.
The gala dinner Thursday recognized 25 women from around the country who have participated in Women Work! network programs, by overcoming challenges, building new careers and achieving economic independence.
The daughter of a migrant farm worker, Franz was a 40-year-old single mother of four. Divorced and remarried, Franz was devastated when her second husband was killed, Women Work! reported. Franz moved to Brainerd and found a displaced homemaker program and began rebuilding her life. Franz held a full-time job while earning a bachelor's degree and dealing with complex family issues. Today she works at the same displaced homemaker program that helped transform her life, Women Work! reported. Franz is a mentor to other women.
"Because of her impressive skills and extraordinary drive and determination, Lucy Franz prevailed over the difficult challenges that life put in her way," said Jill Miller, Women Work! chief executive officer. "She is an inspiration to every woman facing difficult circumstances."
The anniversary gala was at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Twenty-five women were honored and the first six women inducted into the Women Work! Hall of Fame. The event was hosted by CNN's Judy Woodruff.
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