The Western Carolina Women’s Coalition is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women in the mountain region through education, collaboration and advocacy. Founded in 1987 by the Asheville Junior League to raise awareness about the need for pay equity and equality in the workplace, the group’s conferences, Women’s Advocacy Days and annual Women’s Equality Day celebrations have brought women together across traditional cultural and economic barriers to confront the many obstacles that still obstruct a woman’s path to full citizenship rights, financial parity and safety.
This year’s Women’s Equality Day Celebration will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville. The celebration marks the 88th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the vote. This year’s guest speaker will be Paula Wolf, a contract lobbyist representing primarily nonprofit organizations. Wolf will advance the theme of this year’s celebration, “Politics 2008: Women Front and Center.”
Sandra Abromitis, a Woman of Distinction Award recipient in 2007, says, “Women’s Equality Day is not a past historic event. Pay equity is still an issue. Many women are without health insurance, and many women’s issues are still at the bottom of the list. Women’s Equality Day brings attention to all of these issues, and reminds us that they are still alive and still need attention.”
RSVP for Women’s Equality Day by calling 693-8190. Info: www.westerncarolinawomenscoalition.org.