This month we celebrate Women’s History Month by honoring achievements women have made in science, politics, medicine, sports, culture and all areas of life. And as we mark women’s accomplishments, we honor trailblazers like Hazel Peterson, an employment manager at Raytheon who, in 1945, had a simple idea to improve financial opportunities for her fellow employees–start a credit union!
The first RTN Federal Credit Union branch was a desk in Hazel’s office. Thanks to Hazel’s vision, RTN has grown to become one of the largest credit unions in Massachusetts. We’re so grateful to Hazel for all she contributed to RTN, the credit union industry and for making a real difference in people’s lives.
Women’s History Month was proclaimed by the US Congress as Women’s History Week in March 1982. The week turned into a month after petitioning by the National Women’s History Project and was passed by Congress in 1987. While much progress has been made toward gender parity–including the election of Kamala Harris as the country’s first female Vice President of the United States–this month lets us set aside time to reflect on, raise awareness of and seek solutions to issues uniquely faced by women.