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The woman who headed the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for more than seven years is headed to New York to take on a new challenge as the president and CEO of Gloria Steinem’s Ms. Foundation.

Teresa Younger was introduced Thursday night as the next president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation at Gloria Steinem’s 80th birthday party in New York.

The Ms. Foundation and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women were founded the same year and have similar missions to champion women’s causes and empower women.

“At this time of both feminist success and backlash against it, Teresa Younger is the perfect person to continue the grassroots strength of the Ms. Foundation, and build it into policy and protection against backlash,” Steinem said in a press release. “She knows how to make the needs of the majority of women into guiding principles of action.”

But taking on a new challenge is always bittersweet.

“I’m saddened to be leaving an agency, staff and coalition partners I respect deeply for the amazing work they do,” Younger said. “But I am very excited to be able to work on a national level on many of the women’s issues PCSW works on statewide.”

The news prompted Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman to issue a press release congratulating Younger on her new job.

“The Ms. Foundation — and women across the nation — will certainly benefit from her broad expertise, her diligence, and her tirelessness,” Wyman said. “We wish her the very best in this extraordinary opportunity and thank her for her years of service and dedication to Connecticut.”

Younger will start her new job on June 16.