In 1990 the Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award was established as a way for the Conference to recognize a United Methodist willing to take risks and stand up for the rights of women and ethnic minority persons. The Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) continues to recognize these "barrier breakers" through this award. COSROW hosts an annual breakfast featuring a guest speaker and the recognition of the current year's Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award recipient. The COSROW Breakfast is on Monday, June 3 at 7 a.m. in East Hall 2. Tickets are $12 and must be purchased through the reservations process by May 15.
Mary Page Wilson-Lyons currently serves as a strategy consultant for The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, an organization that develops strategies to connect women and families experiencing poverty with opportunities to thrive, and empowers the voices of women to be heard on the legislative level. She has long had a passion for class/race/gender studies and exploring the systemic causes of poverty in the South, especially through the lens of religious ethics.
Mary Page most recently worked as a Visiting Instructor of Religion at Birmingham-Southern College and previously served as the Director of Strategy at The Women’s Fund. Before moving to Birmingham, she taught high school abroad in Sz.kesfeh.rv.r, Hungary and served as a chaplain at the Metro State Prison for Women in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a a Bachelor of Arts in religion from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master of Divinity in theology and ethics from Emory University.