This year Nevada became the first state in the US to have a majority female legislature. The Mesquite Women’s History & Culture Center (WHCC) is proud to honor this memorable year with a commemorative walk on Thursday, Sept. 26.
Founder of the WHCC, Jean Watkins, is especially excited about this event and said, “Although women have enjoyed the right to vote for almost 100 years, this right did not translate into equal representation in government. It was the state of Nevada, and the people in Nevada, who took the leadership role in this struggle for equal rights, by electing a female majority state legislature; this achievement, underscores a fundamental principle of democracy, “Representative Government.”
Electing people to office who represent the interests of all the voters where the voices of all the voters are heard in the halls of government; this is what makes democracy work, and it is worth celebrating with a walk.”
The 2019 Walk will start at the Women’s History and Culture Center and end up, three blocks away, at Mesquite City Hall. Tee-shirts will be on sale commemorating the event, the tee-shirts will also be presented to the officials at the State House in Carson City at a later date.
Carol Saldivar, Vice President of the WHCC has been working with all the volunteers to make this an event to remember and said, “The People’s Walk is the vision of our Founder, Jean Watkins, and means so much for the Women’s History and Culture Center, as well as our wonderful City, Mesquite, NV. First and foremost, we’re recognizing Nevada for the female majority in our Senate and Assembly. We’re also starting the conversation; “how can we further recognize, uplift, teach and celebrate women in our city?”
Our support of local women involves knowledge from around the globe, inspiring them to do great things. Great women do inspire girls and women to be more than they may have otherwise imagined! Our goal is to facilitate that inspiration! The People’s Walk is the tip of the iceberg; we hope to share much more of our message on this day,
Everyone is welcome to attend this history making event, registration begins at 9 a.m., the walk at 10 a.m.
From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon in the Grand Ballroom at the Eureka. Lunch is $20, please contact the chamber at 702-346-2902 to reserve your seat. The theme of the luncheon is “Women in Mesquite Mean Business.”
The Women’s History and Culture Center has roughly 700 books about women from all walks of life, all ages, all countries. There are sections about women veterans, women who made their mark in science women painters, sculptors, authors, architects, women who made inroads in sports and other areas of interest to readers of all ages.
Besides books, the WHCC offers programs like weekly meditation and wellness classes and seminars on topics of interest like caregiving, cancer awareness, pet bereavement and grief therapy.
The WHCC is a 501C3 non-profit agency dedicated to sharing information on women’s achievements and multicultural issues to improve the quality of life of women and men in the greater Mesquite area.
The center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m-3 p.m. or by appointment.
For more information contact Jean Watkins or Carol Saldivar at firstname.lastname@example.org.