Celebrate International Women’s Day in Reno, Nevada

According to Zonta Club Chair, Joy Orlich, all are invited to attend the International Women’s Day event held at Harrah’s National Auto Museum in Reno, Nevada. Ms. Orlich says, “Young women of high school and college age are encouraged to attend.”

This year’s event, themed “Women’s Education, Women’s Empowerment, Women in Non-Traditional Roles” will feature games, a silent auction, live music and dancing. Also, a panel of women will be speaking about the changing opportunities since the enactment of Title IX, a constitutional amendment that prohibits sex discrimination by any federally funded educational program.

When: Thursday March 8, 2012 Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST Where: Harrah’s National Auto Museum, 10 S. Lake St. Reno, NV 89501 Tickets: Starting at $65, includes admission to the museum and a free drink, hors d’oeuvres will be served. Contact: Jennifer Massie at [email protected] or Maribeth Stumpf at [email protected] Parking: Behind the museum, Mill Street entrance. Entertainment: There will be live music performed by a local Reno Reggae band, Jahzilla, dancing and a women’s history scavenger hunt. Sit back and enjoy Chautauqua performances, where, according to the Nevada Humanities website: “Scholars in costume and in character bring historical figures to life.” Special character appearance by Alice Huyler Ramsey – First woman to drive an automobile across the U.S.A. Alice Huyler Ramsey was dubbed “Woman Motorist of the Century” by AAA in 1960. At 22 years old, Alice Ramsey, together with three female companions, none of which knew how to drive, successfully navigated 3,800 miles in 59 days. She penned her memoir entitled, Veil, Duster and Tire Iron in 1961. In 2005 the book was republished as Alice’s Drive. Alice Ramsey will be portrayed by Kathleen Noneman. Special character appearance by Helen Stewart – “First Lady of Las Vegas”. After Helen Stewart’s husband, Archibald Stewart, was murdered, Mrs. Stewart, mother of four children and one on the way, had to quickly learn how to run the family ranch. A savvy business woman and landowner, Mrs. Stewart was later commissioned as Post Master of the Las Vegas Post Office. Helen Stewart will be portrayed by Carrie Townley Porter. Special character appearance by Julia McCann Scrugham – First Lady of Nevada, 1923-1927. Julia McCann of Lexington, KY married Governor James G. Scrugham in 1904. She was a supportive wife and mother of two children. She witnessed Reno during its heyday of the Roaring 20s. After her husband’s death she remained active in the Democratic Party. Mrs. Scrugham will be portrayed by Barbara Finley.

Grab your friends and join the fun at this year’s International Women’s Day event. It will be a night to celebrate women!


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