BY C.S. HOWARD
Audrey Coleman, Edward James, III and Johncyna McRae attended the luncheon.
The 96th Anniversary Celebration for Women’s Equity luncheon was held on Saturday, August 20th at Polo Grill Fete Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch. This year’s theme was “Reflect, Celebrate, Engage.” The Manatee and Sarasota Leagues of Women Voters, Sarasota Commission on the Status of Women, and the Bradenton, Manatee, Sarasota and Venice Branches of the American Association of University Women, sponsored the luncheon. Louise Bruderle, editor and publisher of West Coast Woman, was honorary chair.
August 26 is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day – the anniversary of the day, that 96 years ago in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote. Passage of the amendment was the culmination of a movement that took decades to realize. Women’s Equality Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress women have made this century. Organizations continue to work to provide women across the globe with equal opportunities to education and employment, pushing against suppression and violence towards women and against the discrimination and stereotyping, which will occur in every society.
Guest speaker at the luncheon, which was attended by more than 200 guests, was Rose Chapman, executive Director of Jewish Family and Children’s Services – JFCS – of Sarasota who spoke on “Women Meeting the Challenge”.