Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Votes for Women Celebration...

...90 Years and Counting!

A great deal of sacrifice was endured by the brave women working for women suffrage. The passage of the 19th amendment was a hard fought battle waged mostly by women … women of various political beliefs, backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities. They worked together, marched together, were jailed and beaten together. More importantly, they won together!

Each of us honors their sacrifice by voting knowledgeably in every election. However, this year we have an opportunity to show visibly the pride and unity of women and the power of our vote!

The 90th Anniversary of women winning the right to vote in America is August 26, 2010, and we must not let this date pass without fanfare, celebration, and meaning. The Kentucky Commission on Women invites you to join in the VOTES for WOMEN Celebration … 90 YEARS and COUNTING! This event will be held on Thursday, August 26th, 2010 at the State Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky beginning at 10:30 a.m. On this day, let’s demonstrate the pride we take in honoring our foremothers for fighting for the right to have our voices heard through the power of the vote.

Please review the program schedule of events and plan now to bring a carload! Encourage your organization or club members to attend and become a financial co-sponsor!

Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent or, if you haven’t yet registered to vote, you will want to attend this event held at the Frankfort State Capitol to pay tribute to those women who risk their lives so Kentucky women could have a voice. We owe the brave women (and men) who stood up, spoke up and protested the inequality of the silencing of women’s voices. This day is too important to let go by without showing appreciation for what they endured and accomplished.

Please contact our office for questions at 502-564-2611 (ask for Commission on Women).

Hope to see you there… wearing your grandmother’s suffrage hat!

Event Honorary Co-Chairs

Marie Humphries, 1968-1970, Governor Louie Nunn

Marie Abrams, 1971-1974, Governor Wendell Ford

Helen Howard Hughes, 1974-1979, Governor Julian Carroll

Jessica Loving, 1979-1983, Governor John Y. Brown, Jr.

Robin Crigler, 1983-1987, Governor Martha Layne Collins

Phyllis Alexander, 1987-1991, Governor Wallace Wilkinson

Marsha Weinstein, 1992-1996, Governor Brereton Jones

Virginia Woodward, 1996-1998, Governor Paul Patton

Eugenia Potter, 1998-2000, Governor Paul Patton

BetsyNowland-Curry, 2000-2004, Governor Paul Patton

Glenda Woods, 2004-2007, Governor Ernie Fletcher
(Former Executive Directors of the Kentucky Commission on Women)

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