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Women’s Equality Day celebration

This seems like something we could all use right about now:

The League of Women Voters of Houston Education Fund today announces Rising Stars of 2012, men and women who have made important contributions to the Houston community and whose work will continue to call forth a bright and hopeful future.

Rising Stars will be recognized at the League’s annual Women’s Equality Day Commemoration on Wednesday., Aug. 22, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the historic Julia Ideson Library. Mayor Annise Parker and Ms. Kathy Hubbard serve as honorary co-chairs.

The event celebrates the 92nd anniversary of the 19th Constitutional Amendment, the amendment that gave American Women the right to vote.

The reception will also feature a salute to four notable Houstonians, premier communicators who set the stage for lively and learned conversation in the modern public square: Mary Benton (KPRC-TV), Ernie Manouse (PBS Channel 8), Grace Olivares (Univision 45) and Mark Pirtle (Houston MediaSource TV). The winner of the Carrie Chapman Catt award for emerging leaders will also be announced.

“It is endlessly astonishing to me,” said LWV-Houston President Linda Cohn, “that there are so many people alive today – including my own mother – who were born into an America where women could not vote. One small tick on the national timeline separates us from an indignity our children cannot even imagine. Let’s take a moment to honor suffragists like Miss Julia Ideson. Let this new generation of Rising Stars take courage from their achievements and remember that an informed and active citizenry remains the proven path to good government and a good life for every American.”

See here for the list of Rising Stars, and here for information on tickets. I am unfortunately unable to attend, but I hope you can. The LWV does good work, and it’s going to have its hands full this fall.

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