Boston- The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women held their Thirteenth Annual Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts event at the Massachusetts State House Great Hall of Flags last Wednesday. Two Norwood women, Olga Abdullah and Selectwoman Helen Abdullah Donahue were among those recognized from across the Commonwealth. They were nominated by Representative John H. Rogers (D- Norwood) and Senator Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury), because of the lifetime of service they have both given the community of Norwood.
Olga Abdullah, a leading member of the South Norwood Committee and Chamber of Commerce for many years, was the first woman to serve as Selectman in the town of Norwood. She was instrumental in the preservation of the Morse House and a founding member of the Norwood Circle of Hope.
Helen Abdullah Donahue is a mother, lawyer, and selectman and consummate booster of Norwood especially her ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood of South Norwood. She was the first woman ever elected president of the Norfolk County Bar Association and a founding member of the Friends of Saint Nick
Photo Caption : Senator Mike Rush, Paul Donahue, Selectwoman Abdullah Donahue accepting on behalf of herself and her sister Olga and Representative John H. Rogers