MARCH 8, 2018 Event: general meeting
Women on the march, on International Women’s Day
Featuring Author Angela Dodson
On March 8, International Women’s Day, the Shakespeare Theatre Company was filled to capacity with almost 100 Anne Arundel Women Giving Together members and guests.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for continued change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. This year’s AAWGT event came on the heels of unprecedented national and global movement for women’s rights and was titled Women on the March.
And although we make grants as the primary way of making change, we also strive to educate ourselves and our community about critical issues and how to most effectively create real, lasting change. Once a year, in March, we hold a special Women and Leadership event which features inspiring women speaking about how they lead change. We know that the most effective, lasting change happens through local efforts, but hearing from someone leading that change nationally makes us realize that we’re part of a larger movement to make the world a better place for women and their families.
This year we were thrilled to have Angela Dodson, author of “Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box,” be our main speaker and talk about her book about the women’s suffrage movement in the United States and women’s political gains up to the present. Ashley Oleson, Administrative Director for the League of Women Voters of Maryland, talked about the League’s work in Maryland and that women’s most important right is to vote. And Carol Richards, a longtime journalist who now teaches at George Washington University, moderated the discussion by asking very provocative questions of our panelists. An example of the many interesting topics discussed was the effect of gerrymandering on steering elections toward specific parties. The League is very engaged in working to ban the practice.
After the panel discussion there were many questions and comments from the very engaged audience of members and guests. An overall takeaway was that we’ve made progress but there’s still work to be done to get us to the full potential of equality.
Watch a video of the event below.