Celebrating 100 Years of Women Voting in Oklahoma
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Teri McGrath 405.286.9909
October 20, 2018
Oklahoma City, OK -- This special anniversary celebration only happens once! Join the League of Women Voters at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City as they commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Oklahoma women winning right to vote.
The event, "100 Years: Women Building a More Perfect Democracy," will take place in the beautiful Devon Great Hall on November 8th, 2018. Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception featuring a historical fashion show and other exhibits provided by the Oklahoma History Center. A plated dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:00 pm. Governor Mary Fallin will give the Welcome, and Jari Askins will be the Master of Ceremonies.
The program will feature four speakers. Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, will tell the story of the fight for women's suffrage in Oklahoma in his talk "Chicanery, Characters and Champions." Civic leader, Tricia Everest, will share stories of her great aunt, Edith Kinney Gaylord, in her role as an early trailblazing female journalist.
Historian, Dr. Heather Clemmer, of Southern Nazarene University, will describe the process she and her students used to compile a list of 100 Oklahoma women trailblazers. Each attendee at the event will receive a booklet highlighting these women. Finally, Dr. Sunu Kodumthara, a historian from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, will discuss the continuing struggle to achieve equality and create a more perfect democracy.
"This fundraising event is a joint effort of the state League of Women Voters of Oklahoma and the newly formed Oklahoma City League. We are excited to have such wonderful speakers and exhibits to share with you," says Rebecca Greenhaw of the OKCLWV. "We are grateful to our generous sponsors who have made this event possible and who support our nonpartisan mission. The League of Women Voters is committed to promoting active, informed voter participation at all levels of government."
Sponsors include: Jean and Dave McLaughin, The E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, The H.E. Rainbolt Donor Advised Fund, The McLaughlin Family Foundation, The Potts Family Foundation, R. L Sias and The Pippin Family Fund, Inasmuch Foundation, Suzanne Broadbent, Catherine and Ronald Barney and Jan and Rex Largent.
Tickets for "100 Years: Women Building a More Perfect Democracy" are available on Eventbrite or by contacting the Oklahoma City League of Women Voters at (405)286-9909 or at CelebrateLWV@gmail.com.