Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Evangelina Menendez Women’s History Month Celebration on March 26 at Montclair State University, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez announced today.

Menendez created the celebration and awards ceremony, in conjunction with Women’s History Month, in tribute to his late mother, who came to the United States to provide a better life for her children. His mother died in 2009.

The Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Awards recognize New Jersey women who have made achievements in government, industry, education, science, the arts and many other fields.

“It’s my honor to welcome Secretary Clinton to New Jersey to be the keynote speaker at my 12th annual Women’s History Month Celebration,” Menendez said. “Her gracious service to our country has left an enormous legacy and has made her an iconic trailblazer who has paved the way for millions of American women for the generations to come.”

Clinton served as the 67th U.S. secretary of state from 2009 t0 2013 in President Barack Obama’s administration. She represented New York as a U.S. senator from 2001 to 2009. She was the first lady of the United States from 1993-2000. In 2016, Clinton was the first woman in the nation’s history to win a major party’s nomination for president and went on to earn 66 million votes.

This year’s event, which is free and open to the public, will feature awards to five New Jersey women, and will include vocal and dance performances from local women’s groups. Members of the public wishing to attend the event should RSVP at: