Keven Ann Willey is Keynote Speaker for Women's Equality Day Celebration
Set for August 20 at Dallas City Hall
Women's Equality Day has been celebrated annually for over 20 years with a program by a local Dallas women's organization, Women's Issues Network (WIN). The group will celebrate the 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote with an event at Dallas City Hall.
The program will be held on August 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Flag Room on the 6th floor of City Hall located at 1500 Marilla Drive. Over 100 women will descend upon City Hall wearing white to represent the suffragists who lobbied for women to vote.
Keven Ann Willey, VP at The Dallas Morning News and Editorial Page Editor, will be the Keynote Speaker. Also featured will be Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and a proclamation given by Mayor Rawlings and members of the Dallas City Council.
The event is free and open to the public.
Although women's voting rights are taken for granted today, they were earned through a long brutal campaign by women that began in the 1700's and culminated nearly 150 years later when the 19th Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920.
Until that time, women were not allowed the right to own property, to have legal claim to the money they earned, nor the right to vote. Clothes, jewelry, and land were owned by their husbands or fathers. Bibles were one of their few possessions that they could hand down to their children.
Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality.
Co-sponsors of the event include League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women-Greater Dallas Section, YWCA Dallas, Hispanic Women's Network of Texas-Dallas, S. E. Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, NAACP Dallas Branch, and Dallas Women’s Foundation.