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Tiger Update: Marilyn Lee-Tom honored as a Commonwealth Heroine

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

Marilyn Lee-Tom, a Wellesley graduate, Class of 1977, was recently honored by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the 2020 Commonwealth Heroines.Heroines are identified and nominated each year by state legislators as women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities.

Included in the Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2020 Booklet, is the following tribute to Marilyn:

“Marilyn is an attorney who has volunteered hundreds of pro bono hours to assist immigrants to become citizens through The Right To Immigration Institute in Waltham. Over the past two years, Marilyn has assisted victims of abuse and asylum seekers to apply for U.S. citizenship, allowing them to gain protection and fulfill their dreams. She also has run a program in Waltham for homeless people, the Community Day Center, and greatly expanded their services and secured a new, larger home for the program. She also led a capital campaign for the Chinese Progressive Association. Marilyn is a joy as a colleague, friend, co-conspirator, and boss. You will never laugh more or eat better food than when Marilyn is in your corner.”

Marilyn offers: It is said that "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. You can read about the inspiring contributions of all this year’s nominees at:

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