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Women's History Day and Month in Reno

Nevada Women Make Their Marks on U.S. History


Women's History Month in the United States recognizes and honors the contributions of women in a wide variety of endeavors. In Nevada, a number of women have made significant marks. One of the most prominent is Native American Sarah Winnemucca. A statue of her stands in the new Capitol Visitors' Center in Washington, D.C. A duplicate graces the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City, and smaller versions are in Las Vegas and Winnemucca. Worldwide, International Women's Day 2012 is designated as Thursday, March 8.

2012 is the 101st celebration of International Womens' Day. In 1980, President Carter declared the week of March 8 as the first National Women's History Week. Congress expanded the week into the entire month of March in 1987, resulting in National Women's History Month. The theme for Women's History Month 2012 in the United States, set forth by the National Women's History Project, is Women's Education - Women's Empowerment.

Theme for International Women's Day 2012

There is no single theme for International Women's Day. Each country and group recognizing and organizing events around the day are free to choose a theme they think best suits the occasion. The United Nations does, however, set an overall theme. For 2012, it is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures.

As part of the National Women's History Project in the United States, the Nevada Women's History Project at the University of Nevada, Reno is using the theme Women's Education, Women's Empowerment - Women in Non-Traditional Roles for 2012.

International Women's Day 2012 Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner

The annual International Women's Day Scholarship Fundraiser, sponsored by the Nevada Women's History Project, celebrates the 101st anniversary of International Women's Day. The event will be on Thursday, March 8, at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Proceeds are used to fund women's scholarships at local colleges. There will be a cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a women's history scavenger hunt among the auto exhibits, live music, dancing, Chautauqua performances, silent auction, and a program about how opportunities for women have changed since 1972.

The Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner will feature Chautauqua appearances from these significant women...

  • Alice Huyler Ramsey - first woman to drive an automobile across the United States (portrayed by Kathleen Noneman).
  • Helen Stewart - "First Lady of Las Vegas" (portrayed by Carrie Townley Porter).
  • Julia McCann Scrugham - First Lady of Nevada from 1923 to 1927 (portrayed by Barbara Finley).

Sources: Nevada Women's History Project, National Women's History Project, International Women's Day, Reno Gazette-Journal.

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