Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Bluegrass Women’s Political Caucus: National Women’s Equality Day (8/26)

The Bluegrass Women’s Political Caucus will sponsor a program celebrating National Women’s Equality Day on Sunday, August 26, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Lexington History Museum, 215 W. Main St. The program is free and open to the public. The date commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which granted women the right to vote.

Guest speaker for the celebration will be community activist, Ann Ross, who will discuss “Changes for Women in Lexington’s Political Scene.” Ms. Ross has been involved in politics and public life in Lexington for over 25 years. In 1977 she was elected to a council-at-large position, becoming the first woman in the city elected to a county wide office. She was the first woman to be selected by the council to serve as vice-mayor.

The event’s program will also include recognition of local women elected to governmental positions, and a short video on the Equal Rights Amendment. The County Clerk’s office will install a voting machine in the museum, and a staff person will be available to answer any questions on the voting process. Voter registration forms will be available.

Eight-foot high Styrofoam cut-outs of key suffragists, including Laura Clay, Susan B. Anthony and Cady Stanton, will decorate the History Museum lawn. The figures are the work of local artist Em Hall.

Mayor Jim Newberry has issued a proclamation in recognition of National Women’s Equality Day encouraging “all citizens to remain united to assure that legally, institutionally, publicly and privately all rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally, regardless of sex.”

For additional information contact Annette Mayer at 266-6073 (mornings & evenings). Please join us!

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