On Aug. 18, 1920, we celebrated the ratification of the 19th amendment, which prohibited any U.S. citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex.
An interesting fact regarding the amendment: It was ratified 40 years after it was first proposed.
To many, this is a reminder that change is possible, though it may take a lot of time and a lot of patience.
The Sheridan Press has been smack in the middle of planning an event to honor and empower our community’s women for several months now.
The FAB (For. About. By) Women’s Conference set for Oct. 4-5 will bring together women of all backgrounds, income levels and ideas to discuss and work toward problem-solving issues women face today.
Now, we’re not expecting to fix everything. But networking, building a coalition and having a conversation about the issues is a good first step. After all, change takes time.
Through classes on self defense, we hope to empower women to protect and have confidence in themselves.
We’ll also talk about the challenges of raising kids — the obstacles that exist in today’s society, the dangers, joys and ways to foster a healthy parent/child relationship.
There will also be sessions on home improvement and basic car mechanics so that women who attend can change their own oil (if they want to) or build their own simple furniture item for their home.
We will also have women in nontraditional roles talk about their struggles and their paths. How did they end up where they are? What kind of response do they get from male counterparts?
The entire conference is about empowering and educating women.
Liza Donnelly, our keynote speaker for the dinner Oct. 4, has a knack for doing just that.
She has given presentations and talks nationally about women cartoonists and how women can use humor to change the world.
Her cartoons routinely appear in The New Yorker magazine.
She also gave a speech at the first-ever TEDWomen event a few years ago.
She evoked laughter and appreciation from the audience (you can find it on YouTube if you search for “Liza Donnelly Ted Talks”). It is just six minutes long.
When she is in Sheridan, she’ll expand her talk and update it with fresh cartoons and ideas. She’ll make us laugh and make us think by challenging our traditions with humor.
Registration for the event is open. You can sign up at thesheridanpress.com/fab and scholarships are available.
Let’s honor the progress we’ve made as a society while simultaneously looking to create future change.