Published in the August 2 – August 15, 2017 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Brittney Sherman

Brittney Sherman

With the release of the superhero movie box office hit “Wonder Woman,” the nation has experienced a revitalization of the Women’s Power and Equality Movement. The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the city of Morgan Hill to organize a week-long celebration of women, to take place Aug. 21 through 27.

You are probably thinking, “Why this particular week?” Well, on Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed to give women the right to vote and thus projecting the equality movement forward. On Wednesday Aug. 30 the Morgan Hill City Council will issue a proclamation at 7 p.m. to formally recognize this week as Women’s Week in Morgan Hill. This week-long celebration will feature three hallmark events:

Monday, Aug. 21: CineLux Movie Theatre will host a special showing of the movie “Hidden Figures.” Enjoy discounted tickets, and be inspired by this real-life story of women’s early contributions to NASA during John Glenn.

Thursday August 24: Join us for the “Powerful Women Panel Discussion” at the City Council Chambers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Our line-up of exceptional panelists includes Zoe Lofgren (U.S. Congresswoman), My-Le Jacqueline Duong (Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge), Christina Turner (Morgan Hill Assistant City Manager), Leslie Miles (Architect and Business owner), Irene Chavez (Vice President Area Manager for Kaiser Permanente) and Dr. Kathleen Rose (President of Gavilan College). Listen to the experiences and lessons learned from these inspirational women.

Sunday August 27: GVA Café will host a mid-day mixer from noon to 3 p.m. Women are encouraged to attend in their professional attire; the notion being, that when you look around the room you see women in traditional and non-traditional feminine roles. At a time yet to be determined, all women will line-up along Monterey Road holding hands and forming a link signifying strength and unity.

Additional displays and literature on women’s history will be featured at the Morgan Hill Library, Historical Society and participating businesses. We invite you to participate in the celebration and support the “Wonder Women” that reside in our very own community. We would like to invite all community members to join us in discussion, celebration, and support for women of all ages and from all walks of life.

For more information, visit the chamber of commerce website at Morganhill.org. Send email inquiries to Brittney@morganhill.org or Caitlin.Jachimowicz@Morgan-Hill.ca.gov.

Brittney Sherman is the member and community relations director for the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (408) 779-9444, or brittney@morganhill.org.