Denton to join International Women's Day with event, panel
A celebration billed as Denton's first public commemoration of International Women's Day will take place Wednesday at the Denton Woman's Club Building at 610 Oakland St.
The event will celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and will host a panel of local women leaders followed by a question-and-answer segment. The theme for this year is "Be Bold," with a focus on the involvement and engagement of women in political activities.
Carine Feyten, chancellor and president of Texas Woman's University, will open the celebration with discussion about women's engagement in political matters before opening the floor to the invited speakers. The panel speakers include Teresa McKinney of the University of North Texas, who will address mental health issues as related to political work; Amber Briggle of the League of Women Voters; Donna Bloom, an attorney for Denton County Friends of the Family; and Tracy Everbach of UNT, who will read excerpts from her new book Mediating Misogyny.
The event opens at 6 p.m. with light refreshments. At 7 p.m., Feyten will speak, followed by a reflection on her ideas from the panel. At 9 p.m. guests will be encouraged to continue their discourse at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St.
Celebrated in the United States annually for over a century, International Women's Day is about unity, reflection, advocacy and action among women from the international to local levels. The international movement began in 1910 when the second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office in Germany, proposed that an international celebration, a women's day, be established. The conference, attended by more than 100 women from 17 countries, embraced the suggestion with unanimous approval. It was then that the International Women's Day was founded.