Friday, August 24, 2012

Mayor's proclamation highlights women's equality event


A proclamation by Mayor Joe Reardon highlighted a celebration of Women’s Equality Week in Kansas City, Kansas Thursday.

Part of a metro-wide celebration focusing on accomplishments, goals and critical issues related to today’s women during the observation of the 92nd anniversary of gaining the right to vote for women,

Reardon declared Thursday as Women’s Equality Day in a special program hosted by the KCK Library at 7th and Minnesota.

The proclamation was followed by a keynote address on “The Struggle for Gender Equity” by Dr. Tamara Agha-Jaffar, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The founder of the Women’s Studies program and author of two books, Dr. Agha-Jaffar received the Kansas Professor of the Award for the advancement of teaching in 2004.

The weeklong event will culminate with a “Women’s Equality: Pushing Back/Moving Forward” demonstration Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon in Mill Creek Park at 47th and Main in the Plaza area of Kansas City, Mo. Marching, chanting, guest speakers, music, drummers, personal testimonials and women from the historical past will be featured.

Cathy Breidenthal, a member of the metro-wide coalition hosting the Women’s Equality Week activities and a member of the Board of Trustees at KCKCC, introduced Mayor Reardon.

Members of the newly formed KCKCC Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) were in attendance and are taking an active part in the celebration.


PHOTO: Mayor Joe Reardon presented a proclamation declaring Women’s Equality Day in KCK Thursday to (from left) Rita Miziorko of the hosting KCK main library; Cathy Breidenthal, a member of the metro-wide Women’s Equality Week coalition and KCKCC trustee; and KCKCC Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tamara Agha-Jaffar, who delivered the keynote address. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins).