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2018 Seneca Falls Revisited: Women’s Equality Conference & Retreat

July 20, 2018

Invitation, Inspiration and Event News for Women, Women Entrepreneurs, Feminists living in New York State

I was approached to support and promote a very special event for women starting this year and running until 2020 called “Seneca Falls Revisited – A Women’s Equality Conference & Retreat.” I said “YES” immediately because of its mission and purpose to engage women as we approach the historic year 2020 when women celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in America!

Our country is divided on many issues, but I have faith that women working together and supporting pro-female agendas can change the world for the better. It will take women raising their voices, standing passionately behind women’s issues and policies to ensure our country remains concerned about 52% of its population – Women!

The story of this event has many beginnings. Since most of us are Americans and New Yorkers, let’s start in upstate New York with the rebellion known as Suffrage – the dawning of the Women’s Rights movement. 170 years ago, women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, and feminist men like Frederick Douglass and many, many others were awakened to this activism, manifesting it in their historic “Temperance” and “Abolitionist” movements. This awareness and understanding proved that women “holistically” – regardless of race, heritage and culture – have endemic common values steeped in what all Americans have defined and revered as their inalienable rights.

70 years of struggle – filled with heart, humanity, anguish and in some cases death – culminated in August 26, 1920 with the ratification of the 19th Amendment to our Constitution. In 1971, our struggle was not yet over and esteemed Activist and Congresswoman Bella Abzug was compelled to rename this day, “Women’s Equality Day” as part of an awareness effort to spotlight the need for yet the next needed step: The passage of an Equal Rights Amendment.

Today, 50 years later, we hope to finally “close” this gap of inequality. With the recent momentum generated via Black Lives Matter, #Me Too, #Times Up and so forth, much like history – movements are a response to stimuli. Whether the catalyst is gender, race, sexual orientation or other, these predestined classifications have inevitable solutions and will require a level of universal “tolerance.”

As we prepare for the Centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020, we remain confident that we will continue to evolve, learn to work together, collaborate in all areas of society to insure fairness and equality for all.

Join us August 23 – 26 in Rochester, NY to inaugurate “Seneca Falls Revisited: A Women’s Equality Weekend,” an intergenerational celebration of women, family and friends. All are welcome to share, be inspired and network as we celebrate our victories, commonalities and differences.

The conference goals are:
*Update & build civic, social and spiritual collaborative platform
*Target new & young population for civic engagement
*Recruit up and down state participation in women’s advocacy efforts
*Re-Engage audience members in a goal oriented discussion for future advocacy
*Provide educational service for women to learn how to run for office

Amazing Line-Up of National, State & Regional Female Speakers:

This conference features an impressive lineup of women in politics, business, activism and feminism including special opening luncheon speaker Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman.

In 2016, Roll Call named Coffman one of the Most Influential Women in State Politics and in 2017 Law Week Colorado named AG Coffman one of the Top Women Attorneys. Coffman fought to outlaw so-called conversion therapies and her office going to the Supreme Court to defend the State’s decision to punish the Lakewood Baker who refused to make wedding cake for a gay couple.

June 1, 2015 Headshot of Lt. Gov. Hochul

Some of the Major Speakers Include:
New York State Lieutant Governor Kathy Hochul
Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman
Honorable Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren
Honorable Gale A. Brewer
Honorable Nathalia Fernandez

Other Presenters:
Liz Abzug, Founder/Executive Director of Bella Abzug Leadership Institute, Inc
Charlsey Baumeier, National Business Development Officer
Rachel DeGuzman, President & CEO of 21st Century Arts and ARTivist in Residence at Gallery Seventy Four
Natalie Douglas, Nightclub Diva, an eight-time MAC Award winner
Deborah Hughes, Director, Susan B. Anthony House
Linda Lattimore, Lawyer, Corporate Executive and Business Strategist
Alexandra Lehman, Coalition Z (activism org. amplifying voices of progressive youth)
Irma McClaurin, PhD/MFA, Leadership Strategist and Past President of Shaw University
Kenneth Morris, Great-Great-Great Grandson of Frederick Douglass and Great-Great-Grandson of Booker T. Washington.
Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham, President, Women TIES & Women’s Athletic Network

I hope to see you during this powerful weekend where women will bond, celebrate, plan, and emerge ready to take on the world and proclaim our right to vote again in 2020!

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