The YWCA Darien/Norwalk has announced the six honorees for the 2018 Women of Distinction awards and luncheon on May 10 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The honorees are Carrie Bernier, Tina Duryea, Scarlett Lewis, Allison Molkenthin and Wendy Ward. Emma Dahlquist will be honored as a Young Woman of Distinction, recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of a woman under 21 years of age. The Darien Times will be featuring these women beginning this week.

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Tina Duryea is a Darien native, Darien High Class of ’90, who now lives in Rowayton. She has long been active in civil rights issues, including Black Lives Matter, gun violence prevention and the broader feminist movement. In 2014 she met with Gabby Giffords to talk about how local, grassroots actions and social media can induce gun control reform at the local and national levels.  In 2015 she launched a petition to the White House to ban assault rifles, which led to a call from Joe Biden and numerous media mentions from various politicians, including our congressman and both Connecticut senators. In March 2017, Duryea helped organize an event at St Luke’s “Meet your Muslim neighbor”, and recruited speakers from Darien and other surrounding towns. Recently, Duryea was selected for the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee to represent District E, with the goal of being able to impact the upcoming state midterm elections and have a greater voice in state politics.

Duryea has an active social media presence of more than 8,000 engaged followers across multiple platforms. She uses her online presence to promote awareness of both broad political issues and specific actionable local events and to encourage involvement in politics. An accomplished painter, Duryea's art fosters discussions and inspires people to get involved in politics. Her recent “Portrait Project” of positive political figures has been gaining attention from prominent members in politics and media.  She recently contributed a portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the soon to be released book “The Revolution is Female.”

Duryea believes that civic engagement is the price we pay to live in a democracy.