Margaret Atwood to be keynote speaker at fundraiser

Margaret Atwood – author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and its sequel, “The Testaments” – will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls luncheon. The event, which will be held April 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women’s right to vote.

“It is a privilege to welcome Margaret Atwood, one of the world’s best-selling authors, as our keynote speaker,” said Tricia Hyacinth, senior director of the fund, which has invested more than $7.5 million in programs to ensure all Fairfield County women and girls are economically secure, healthy and safe. “Ms. Atwood, regarded for her feminist perspective, is a trailblazing icon whose work transcends generations. Our theme, ‘Unite & Rise,’ is a call to action to advance gender equity and also pays homage to women’s suffrage. We look forward to this special gathering of friends and supporters, both new and existing.”

Atwood is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her most recent, record-breaking novel, “The Testaments,” won the 2019 Booker Prize. Her other works include the Giller and Booker Prize-shortlisted “Oryx and Crake,” “Alias Grace,” “The Robber Bride” and “Cat’s Eye” as well as the Booker winner “The Blind Assassin.” With “The Handmaid’s Tale” entering its fourth season on TV, Atwood’s prescient prose depicting a dystopian future is more relevant than ever. She has received the German Peace Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize and the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In October 2019, Atwood was presented with the Companion of Honor award by Queen Elizabeth, making her only the third Canadian to receive the distinction.

The annual luncheon attracts hundreds of supporters from throughout Fairfield County, across Connecticut and beyond. Previous keynote speakers include Tracee Ellis Ross, Billie Jean King, Abby Wambach, Maya Angelou, Geena Davis, Madeleine Albright, Soledad O’Brien and Gloria Steinem.

Sponsorship information is available by emailing Rebecca Mandell, at or calling 203-750-3200. Ticket information for the luncheon can be found here.

– Georgette Gouveia

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