Ignite for Progress Warren County and Magness Library are teaming up to hold a Women’s History Month Celebration this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the upstairs auditorium at the library.
“Rachel Killebrew will be our special guest speaker,” said Ashley Wright, a founder of the local group, noting that in addition to being a cornerstone of historic preservation in McMinnville, Killebrew has an impressive professional background. “Rachel was a computer scientist at Arnold Air Force Base and AEDC and she even did some work for NASA.”
In addition to Killebrew’s talk, a special proclamation honoring the month will be read and there might be a few additional surprises for attendees. Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911.
Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987.
The National Women’s History Month 2017 Theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” – honoring women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.
Dana Mullican is the leader of the group and will emcee tomorrow’s event.
“Our group is proud to have been given this opportunity to celebrate the great women in our community and beyond with this event,” Mullican said. “We’d like to make this an annual event in the future.”