League of Women Voters to observe day with reception
The League of Women Voters Tyler/Smith County will observe Women's Equality Day during a reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St., Tyler, Mary Claire Rowe, vice president of community relations, said.
Women's Equality Day commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a civil rights movement that had formal beginnings at the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. in 1848.
Women's Equality Day has been celebrated since 1971.
Judge Judith K. Guthrie†will be the featured speaker, according to the announcement.
She†has served on the bench as United States†magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Texas since 1986. She was a founding member of Leadership Texas and the Foundation for Women's Resources, where she continues as a board member. She also was a founding member of Women in Tyler, an organization that honors area women of excellence.
Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass is scheduled to issue a proclamation¬†in recognition of Women's Equality Day, according to the announcement.
The League of Women Voters Tyler/Smith County¬†is a nonpartisan organization that works to promote political responsibility through informed participation of all citizens in their government.