Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long was celebrated by the University and Whist Club of Wilmington on March 8 with a luncheon as their honoree for International Women’s Day.

Events around the world serve to highlight the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. The event marked the second year the Whist has recognized a Delaware woman for her contributions and achievements on behalf of women in Delaware and across the globe.

“International Women’s Day sends a strong message that we have to press on and keep working toward equality and parity for women,” said Hall-Long, a nursing professor at the University of Delaware and 14-year member of the General Assembly. “We’ve made great strides in closing the gap, tearing down walls and barriers and making sure that women and girls have all the opportunities we can afford them. I hope that International Women’s Day serves as an inspiration to young girls to pursue their dreams. I am honored that my work making Delaware a healthier and stronger state was recognized today.”

Nearly 180 individuals listened as a series of speakers honored Hall-Long with presentations and spoke about her experience and work in the areas of health policy, government and advocacy for the community on issues from addiction and expanding healthcare and treatment.