Terre Haute Celebrates Women's Equality Day

By Melissa Crash

Published 08/26 2014 03:32PM

Updated 08/29 2014 10:11AM

August 26th marks a celebration of women across the country. Here in the Valley, a group of women and men gathered to remember and celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.

The observance of Women's Equality Day is not only to commemorate the 19th amendment, but it also calls attention to the continued effort towards full equality.

Many people from the Wabash Valley gathered for a lunch at the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana to learn more, and hear stories. Indiana's Secretary of State Connie Lawson was the featured speaker.

In 1971 Congress designated August 26th each year as Women's Equality Day. Lawson said, by attending events like these, she hopes it inspires women to take part in the government, and make a change.

"Women are taking such a great role in our state government, four of the seven state wide elected officials are women, and so I'm just happy to be here today with all of these young women to encourage them to take part in government. Local, state, federal, whatever they're wishes would be and just keep them interested in the process," said Lawson.

The Girl Scouts hosted this event because they are committed to make sure all girls develop to their full potential, and with Indiana girls ranking 36th out of 50 states on an overall index of well-being, officials say by this time next year they want to be no where close to the bottom of that list.

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